The Interrogation of Adolf Eichmann [Trial]. Eichmann, Adolf [1906-1962], Defendant. Less, Avner W. [1916-1987], Interrogator. Adolf Eichmann [=] Adolf Aickman [Transcription of Interrogation]. [Jerusalem]: Police d'Israel, Quartier General, 6-eme Bureau, 1961. Six volumes (3564 columns), oblong octavo, bound into two books. Text in German with parallel Hebrew translation. Prefatory material in English, German and Hebrew. Volumes bound into contemporary library buckram retaining stiff front wrappers, gilt titles and library markings to spines. Light shelfwear, library stamps to versos of Volume 1, the first volume in the first book, and Volume 4, the first volume in the second book. Browning to interiors, front wrapper of Volume 1 detached, lower corner lacking from front free endpaper of second book and front wrapper of Volume 4. $4,000. * Less was a chief inspector in the Israel Police. The only investigator allowed to speak to Eichmann, he conducted 275 hours of interrogation over a nine-month period. Upon completion, the transcript was reviewed and corrected in ink by Eichmann in Less's presence. Copies of this document were then given to members of the legal staff preparing the case for the prosecution. One of the main organizers of the Holocaust, Eichmann assumed a false identity after the end of World War II and escaped to Argentina. He was captured by Mossad agents on May 11, 1960 and brought to Jerusalem for trial. The trial lasted from April 4 to August 14, 1961. Eichmann was convicted on December 11 and sentenced to death on December 15. He submitted an appeal that was rejected on May 29 and was hanged on May 31, 1962. Eichmann's nondescript appearance, demeanor and bland insistence that he was "only following orders" shocked the public imagination. Many wondered how such an "ordinary" person could have done what he did. As Hannah Arendt argued, Eichmann was horrible because he was not a fanatic but an unquestioning state official. Complete transcripts of the interrogation are scarce; three have been offered at auction in the last 15 years, one selling at Kestenbaum and Company in 2019 for $6,875. OCLC locates 20 copies worldwide, 3 in North American law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, UC-Berkeley).
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