The Eichmann Trial by Deborah Lipstadt

The capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in May of 1960 and his subsequent trial in Tel Aviv by an Israeli court electrified the world. The public debate it sparked on where, how, and by whom Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice, and the international media coverage of the trial itself, is recognized as a watershed moment in how the civilized world in general and Holocaust survivors in particular found the means to deal with the legacy of genocide on a scale that had never been seen before. In The Eichmann Trial, award- winning historian Deborah Lipstadt gives us an overview of the trial and analyzes the dramatic effect that the testimony of survivors in a court of law— which was itself not without controversy— had on a world that had until then regularly commemorated the Holocaust but never fully understood the millions who died and the hundreds of thousands who managed to survive. As the world continues to confront the ongoing reality of genocide and ponder the fate of those who survive it, this “trial of the century” offers a legal, moral, and political framework for coming to terms with unfathomable evil and with those who perpetrate it. In The Eichmann Trial, Lipstadt infuses a gripping narrative with historical perspective and contemporary urgency.

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Below you can find the Twitter discussion of The Eichmann Trial with author Deborah Lipstadt that took place July 20, 2011. Make sure to follow Jewish Book Council (@jewishbook) for more Twitter Book Club events!


erikadreifus: Very busy+very tired these days means only 62 percent through THE EICHMANN TRIAL, but about to embark on #JBCBooks chat anyway.

erikadreifus: It will be an honor to "twalk" with @deborahlipstadt #JBCBooks

JewishBook : Hi all and welcome to our Twitter Book Club with @deborahlipstadt on THE EICHMANN TRIAL #JBCBooks

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deborahlipstadt: @erikadreifus 62%? How many pages is that :)? #JBCBooks

JewishBook : Thanks for joining us @deborahlipstadt! And everyone else, too! If you're watching, please feel free to jump in w/ ?s at any time #JBCBooks

JewishBook : @deborahlipstadt One thing we wondered here at JBC: what was the most unexpected thing you discovered while researching this book? #JBCBooks

erikadreifus: @deborahlipstadt I'm reading on the Kindle. I'm at the start of the chapter on Hannah Arendt's articles. Can't wait to continue. #JBCBooks

erikadreifus: MT @jewishbook: @deborahlipstadt One thing we wondered: what was most unexpected thing you discovered while researching this book? #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @erikadreifus @jewishbook Probably how many people knew where Eichmann was and the more variegated portrait of Arendt - good and bad

deborahlipstadt: @erikadreifus Delighted. The Arendt chapter has been the most commented upon in various reviews and interviews. #JBCBooks

erikadreifus: As reader, I didn't expect some info re Simon Wiesenthal, or backstory to the 11 million figure, which I was taught at some pt. #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @erikadreifus Simon Wiesenthal did many good things. Put issue of catching Nazis on world agenda. Vry importnt. 11 million was NOT 1 of them

JewishBook : We know this was supposed to be a short, concise book on the topic. Anything of notable interest that didn't make it in? #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @JewishBook More on world impact of trial [Germany e.g.] More on Eichmann's role during war. but Cesarani does that in his 1st rate bk

erikadreifus: @deborahlipstadt How many languages do you read/speak? Seems as though this project required mastery of many! #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @erikadreifus So much is in translation that I did not have to depend on other languages. Read German. Speak/read Hebrew and broken Yiddish

nycbook: @deborahlipstadt you end the book talking about the most enduring legacy--were there other enduring legacies? #JBCbooks

deborahlipstadt: @nycbook I think the most important legacy was the centrality of the survivor. Listen to them. Also tremendous scope/sweep of Holocaust.

63sixthree: RT @JewishBook: Thanks for joining us @deborahlipstadt! And everyone else, too! If you're watching, please feel free to jump in w/ ?s at any time #JBCBooks

63sixthree: RT @NextbookPress: Get your #JBCBookshashtag ready to go, and your copy of the Eichmann Trial for @JewishBook's Twitter Book Club starting NOW!

erikadreifus: @deborahlipstadt Yes, I have long admired SW, which is why this was so surprising to me. #JBCBooks

NextbookPress: @DeborahLipstadt Do you feel that you've made a dent yet w/ the book/ your many interviews/ your newly appointed White House post? #JBCBooks

63sixthree: #JBCBooks RT @deborahlipstadt: Probably how many people knew where Eichmann was and the more variegated portrait of Arendt - good and bad

deborahlipstadt: @NextbookPress Not sure what you mean by "dent." Amazed at reaction and interest in book. #JBCBooks

erikadreifus: @nextbookpress @deborahlipstadt What White House post? Sounds exciting! #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @erikadreifus Simon Wiesenthal did many good things. Put catching Nazis on world agenda. but not phony 11 million issue #JBCBooks

iwchutzpah: How was your book received in my country (UK) and do you think anti-semitism is on the rise here as some reports suggest? #JBCBooks

elesscom: @deborahlipstadt just a note to say Eichmann book is fascinating and that your legal/research experiences enhanced the narrative #jbcbooks

deborahlipstadt: Eichmann trial changed world's understanding of genocide. It did just what Attny. Genrl Hausner wanted: made world sit up & listen #JBCBooks

BookGal102: deborahlipstadt if trial happened today, do you think outcome would be different? or reaction? #JBCbooks

deborahlipstadt: @BookGal102 Great question. Not sure. Probably yes. New issue then. Old issue now. W've gotten used to genocide. Sad but true. #JBCBooks

NextbookPress : @DeborahLipstadt As are we! Beyond rave reviews for the book, how abt cultral shifts in regards to action against modern genocide? #JBCbooks

erikadreifus: MT @elesscom: @deborahlipstadtEichmann book is fascinating and that your legal/research experiences enhanced the narrative #jbcbooks

erikadreifus: @bookgal102 Good question re: outcome today. #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @elesscom Thank you so much. Glad you think so. I was unsure when I was doing it. But my experience shaped my perspective. #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @iwchutzpah Book just out in UK. Bit early to judge. I'm there in Feb for Book Week. And yes, I do think antisem in UK is up #JBCBooks

NextbookPress : Heard in the #JBCBooks Twitter Book Club with @DeborahLipstadt: And yes, I do think antisem in UK is uphttp://bit.ly/pAjsap

deborahlipstadt: @NextbookPress wish I could make world take genocide more seriously but don't think I can. Genocide, once shocking/now de reguir. #JBCBooks

elesscom: @deborahlipstadt #jbcbooks Followed the British court case closely. As US journo, was stunned that a denier had to be disproven!

deborahlipstadt: @elesscom Remember it was a libel trial. He sued me for calling him a denier. I had to prove he was. See my History on Trial book #JBCBooks

erikadreifus: @elesscom @deborahlipstadt It was pretty astonishing. #JBCBooks

iwchutzpah: Irving was reported last year in @JewishChron trying to organise Holocaust w/end trips. Is he still a denier? #JBCBooks

elesscom: @deborahlipstadt #jbcbooks In current bk, thought media coverage (tv/print) was revealing re: popular mindset. Any surprising news articles?

nycbook: @deborahlipstadt The idea of “listening differently” to the survivors..how has this developed since? Are people still listening? #JBCbooks

deborahlipstadt: Eichmann trial gave world a sense of the scope of the tragedy. Not small effort. Not done by a few folks. Entire nation involved #JBCBooks

erikadreifus: Sorry I must leave now. Look fwd to transcript. Thx, @deborahlipstadt & @jewishbook, for this opportunity. See you all next time. #JBCBooks

iwchutzpah: Yad Vashem helped the Rwandans with oral testomonies, what advice would you give 2 the UK in order 2 play its role? #JBCBooks

elesscom: That's what I meant to tweet! MT @deborahlipstadt it was a libel trial. He sued me for calling him a denier. I had to prove he was #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @nycbook No not as much. Attitude 2 Holocaust sort of "ho-hum" 2day. Sad but true. Even in Jewish world. Maybe we talked too much. #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @elesscom You probably know that UK libel laws put burden of proof on me NOT him. I had to prove he was a denier/liar/antisemite #JBCBooks

nycbook: @deborahlipstadt do you think that's true for all genocide or particularly Holocaust? #JBCBooks

BookGal102: @deborahlipstadt what/where were your primary sources for research for book? #JBCbooks
deborahlipstadt: Sad thing re world interest in Holocaust. So few survivors left to tell their story in first person singular. Generation passing #JBCBooks

elesscom: We cannot stop talking or the deniers & anti-semites will monopolize discussion @deborahlipstadt #jbcbooks More imp as # survivors dwindles

63sixthree: RT @deborahlipstadt: Eichmann trial gave world a sense of the scope of the tragedy. Not small effort. Not done by a few folks. Entire nation involved #JBCBooks

63sixthree: RT elesscom We cannot stop talking or the deniers & anti-semites will monopolize discussion @deborahlipstadt #jbcbooksMore imp as # survivors dwindles

deborahlipstadt: Important books/insights on trial by D. Cesarani, Yablonka, Lawrence Douglas, Bilsky, and others. Referenced in my book. #JBCBooks

63sixthree: #JBCBooks @deborahlipstadt great book! &TU 4your face off w/ #holocaust denial. Somewhat OT: RU amazed at amount of #Antisemitism & #BDS?

redthreadmag: #jbcbooks @deborahlipstadt someone asked what the most unexpected thing found during research for this book. What was the most interesting?

deborahlipstadt: @elesscom Absolutely correct. We must also b very careful re history. Truth horrendous enough. No need to aggrandize. NO 11 mill #JBCBooks

BookGal102: @deborahlipstadt What are your thoughts on Arendt’s different, conflicting voices in her responses to the trial that are in bk? #JBCbooks

NextbookPress: Heard in #JBCBooks book club: RT @deborahlipstadt:...So few survivors left to tell their story in first person singular. Generation passing

deborahlipstadt: @63sixthree Thanks. Sadly, i am no longer amazed by antisemitism. May be price of working in this field. #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @redthreadmag What a good question.... Maybe the fears of American Jews re trial, world's interest in it, impact in Israel... #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @BookGal102 She was not the witch so many portray her to b and at same time she was very conflicted about antisemitism and Germany #JBCBooks

iwchutzpah: How are you enjoying your new job? #JBCBooks

redthreadmag: @deborahlipstadt Thank you for allowing us to talk and ask questions. Thanks to @JewishBook as well. #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: @BookGal102 It's really impossible to answer that properly w/a tweet/ all things r not tweetable. Was hard enough to do in chapter #JBCBooks

JewishBook: @redthreadmag And thank you so much for joining us! We love to see new people w/ great questions #JBCBooks

deborahlipstadt: Thanks to #JBCBooks for this opportunity. New experience for me.

maryleenextbook: #JBCBooks and @deborahlipstadt --Many thanks for this fascinating book chat

JewishBook: HUGE thank you to everyone for a wonderful set of questions and @deborahlipstadt for illuminating answers #JBCBooks

nycbook: RT @maryleenextbook: #JBCBooks and @deborahlipstadt @JewishBook --Many thanks for this fascinating book chat

63sixthree: @elesscom indeed! No matter how many steps it takes 2 make change we must remain undaunted. @deborahlipstadt#JBCBooks

iwchutzpah: My first twitter book club! Roll on the next one. #JBCBooks

elesscom: @JewishBook @deborahlipstadt another great convo or "twalk" as my twitterfriend @erikadreifus says!