The Eichmann Trial Reconsidered
Published: October 2021© 2021
288 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in, 4 b&w illustrations
The Eichmann Trial Reconsidered brings together leading authorities in a transnational, international, and supranational study of Adolf Eichmann, who was captured by the Israelis in Argentina and tried in Jerusalem in 1961.
The essays in this important new collection span the disciplines of history, film studies, political science, sociology, psychology, and law. Contributing scholars adopt a wide historical lens, pushing outwards in time and space to examine the historical and legal influence that Adolf Eichmann and his trial held for Israel, West Germany, and the Middle East. In addition to taking up the question of what drove Eichmann, contributors explore the motivation of prosecutors, lawyers, diplomats, and neighbouring countries before, during, and after the trial ended.
The Eichmann Trial Reconsidered puts Eichmann at the centre of an exploration of German versus Israeli jurisprudence, national Israeli identities and politics, and the conflict between German, Israeli, and Arab states.
Part I: Eichmann on Trial
1. Coming to Terms with the “Banality of Evil”: Implications of the Eichmann Trial for Social Scientific Research on Perpetrator Behavior
James E. Waller
2. From History to Story: When the “Architect” of the Holocaust Became his Own “Witness”
3. Revisiting Eichmann and Zionism: Contexts, Strange Encounters, and their Afterlives
Part II: Eichmann and Jurisprudence
4. Prosecuting “Crimes against the Jewish People”: The Eichmann Trial and the History of a Legal Concept
5. The Eichmann Trial: Toward a Jurisprudence of Eyewitness Testimonies of Atrocity?
6. What Makes a Prosecution an International Landmark Trial? Reflections on the Tensions between Legal Proceedings, Politics, and Historical Facts
Ruth Bettina Birn
Part III: Eichmann and Geopolitics
7.The Eichmann Trial's Impact Reconsidered
8. The Eichmann Trial and the Relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and Israel: A Positive or Negative Influence?
9. The Impact of the Eichmann Trial on Relations between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany
10. The Impact of the Eichmann Affair on Arab Holocaust Discourse
Part IV: Representing Eichmann
11. Remaking Eichmann: Memories of Mass Murder and the Transatlantic Student Movements of the 1960s
Thomas Pegelow Kaplan
12. From 2-Inch to YouTube: The Audiovisual Documentation and the Broadcast of the Eichmann Trial
"This groundbreaking collection will importantly serve to liberate the canonic Eichmann trial from the monopolistic control exerted by Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem. We come away from Wittmann’s volume with a fresh appreciation and an enriched understanding of the preeminent trial to address the crimes of the Holocaust."Lawrence R. Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College
"This must-read book concerns an event that was significant in its own right and remains a touchstone of debate over the weightiest matters: the Holocaust, the motivation of perpetrators of genocide, and the functions of the law in politics and in coming to terms with mass atrocity. Substantial but not bulky, intelligent but accessible, Rebecca Wittmann’s excellent volume brings together a range of perspectives by a fine cast of scholars."Donald Bloxham, Richard Pares Professor of European History, University of Edinburgh