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The Nizkor Project, one of the largest online repositories of primary documents related to the Holocaust, is in the final stages of converting the Israel State Archives' extensive records of the Adolf Eichmann trial and placing them online. Eichmann, who supervised the implementation of the "Final Solution," escaped to Argentina after the war, where he was secretly apprehended by Israeli agents in 1960 and brought to Israel for trial. The trial took place in the spring and summer of 1961, after which Eichmann was convicted of crimes against the Jewish people and crimes against humanity and executed on 31 May 1962. The complete trial records are offered in two sections, the District Court Sessions and the Judgement. The first currently contains three volumes of trial proceedings, through June 29, 1961. The last two volumes, which contain records from June 29 until the execution, are due to be released shortly. The second section features the complete text of the court's judgement, which addresses the relevant legal and jurisdictional issues and traces the development of the "Final Solution" and Eichmann's role in it from the outbreak of the war to the Wannsee Conference and its implementation. The release of these records online, like many of the Nizkor Project's efforts, will be welcomed by Holocaust scholars and historians. In addition, secondary or university instructors will find that the trial transcripts offer numerous examples of powerful testimony from participants and victims that are invaluable in teaching the Holocaust to students.
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