About Executing Eichmann

About Executing Eichmann

On 15 December 1961 in Jerusalem, Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death for crimes against the Jewish people and against humanity. While this judgment was met with consensus on a national level, some spoke out against it. On 29 May 1962, a group of Holocaust survivors and intellectuals, including philosophers Hannah Arendt, Hugo Bergmann, Martin Buber and Gershom Scholem, rejected an epilogue to the trial they believed was inappropriate and sent a petition to President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi to demand Eichmann's death sentence be commuted. By opposing Eichmann's execution, they raised questions about the Holocaust, and also defended the values of Judaism, raising questions about Jewish morality for Israel and the nature of a Jewish State. Historians, philosophers, and Israeli eyewitnesses set out the facts, go over the philosophical arguments, and return to a debate that, while central to that era, remains valid today and deserves to be revisited.

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Main credits

Jammot, Florence (filmmaker)
Jammot, Florence (screenwriter)
Rozenberg, Pawel (film producer)
Nusse, Céline (film producer)

Other credits

Montage, Catherine Mabilat; image, Olivier Raffet, Gertrude Baillot; conseil musical, François Marchesseau.


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Distributor subjects

Criminal Justice
Ethics
Jewish Studies
Law
Philosophy
Racism
World War II

Keywords

holocaust; jewish; jew; nazi; hannah arendt; hugo bermann; martin buber; adolf eichmann; criminal; war; execution; death; sentence; punishment; hanging; trial; philosophy; philosopher; intellectual; florence; jammot; wwii; israel; israeli; world war ii; world war 2; "About Executing Eichmann"; Icarus Films

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