One hour after Israeli Premier, David Ben Gurion, had announced to the Knesset, May 23, that Adolf Eischmann, had been arrested by security men, officials at the Yad Veshem Martyrs and Heroes Memorial Organization - were hard at work assembling all possible evidence for Eichmann's trial, scheduled for September.
GV. Archives of yad Veshem.
SV.INT.Man walks through corridors towards files.
SV. Enters room and looks for Eichmann files.
CU. Files of Adolf Eichmann.
SV. Removing file.
SV. Documents photographed onto micro-film.
CU. Man operates camera.
SV. Men viewing documents.
CU.PAN.Down documents - document is addressed to a member of the German Foreign Office by the Chief Security Police - it refers to a letter of the 6th March, 1941 and says: "I would like to inform you that with regard to the future final solution of the Jewish question, we are at the moment not interested in the emigration of Jews of German nationality who are living in Yugoslavia. German Jews living in Germany should have preference for emigration to the U.S.A., for even in war-time Jews should have the opportunity to emigrate."
CU. Eichmann signature.
CU.PAN.Over photographs....of Nazi brutalities.
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Background: One hour after Israeli Premier, David Ben Gurion, had announced to the Knesset, May 23, that Adolf Eischmann, had been arrested by security men, officials at the Yad Veshem Martyrs and Heroes Memorial Organization - were hard at work assembling all possible evidence for Eichmann's trial, scheduled for September.
The Yad Veshem organization was created to constitute the Central Archives of Jewry - relating cases of the sic million Jews put to death under the Hitler regime during the war. It has comprehensive files and photographs of Nazi war criminals. Israeli police have announced that they will not permit photographs of Eichmann, now or later.
According to one report the Israeli intelligence service follow up 100 "tips" before finding Adolf Eichmann and identifying his from a photograph in the possession of a woman friend. It said the hunt was started by Mr. Asher Ben-Nathan, now director-general of the Defence Ministry, when he was acting for the Jewish underground organization "Hagana" at the end of the war.
Israel officials have dismissed reservations expressed by friendly western diplomatists in Tel Aviv about jurisdiction in the case of Adolf Eichmann, The legal authorities stated that Israel law clearly empowered them to try Eichmann before an Israel court. A member of the Prime Minister's staff said that Mr. Ben Gurion had been motivated not by political factors but by the "historic concept" of the matter.