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The Trial of Adolf Eichmann
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"The Trial of Adolf Eichmann" ClassroomActivities were designed for students from the 7th grade to college level by Gary Grobman, who also wrote a Pennsylvania Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust. The first responsibility of the teacher is to teach theevent. The actual history must be the foundation for anycritical understanding and pursuit of the issues related tothe Holocaust. Understanding how these issues still apply today helps students remember that the Holocaust is not an isolated event. (An Eichmann Timeline is also available in the "In His Own Words" section of this site.)
Background & History

WWII, the Holocaust,
  and Eichmann

From Capture to Trial

Trial Info


Discussion Questions


Teacher's Guide

Instructional Objectives

Students will learn about--

  1. The facts of Adolf Eichmann's life and the historicalevents which occurred during that time.

  2. The relationship of World War II to the Holocaust.

  3. Issues relating to criminal trials.

  4. Issues relating to relations between nations and theconcepts of nationalism and sovereignty.

  5. The responsibility of individuals for their actions.

  6. Genocide which is occurring today, and theresponsibility of individuals, nations, and internationalorganizations to combat it.


  Adolf Eichmann was the principal logisticalmilitary officer of the Nazis' mass murder of 6,000,000Jews during World War II. After the war, he escaped aprisoner of war camp in Germany, and eventually made his wayto Argentina. In 1960, agents of the Israel governmentcaptured him and transported him to Israel where he was puton trial for his Nazi war crimes. This trial, the first ever televised, was for many people their first educationabout the Holocaust. Eichmann freely admitted to most ofthe accusations concerning his participation in acoordinated conspiracy which sent millions of Jews to theirdeaths, but claimed that he was powerless to resist ordersfrom his military superiors. A 16-week trial featured thetestimony of scores of survivors whose lives were shattered. Eichmann was found guilty on all 15 counts of the criminalindictment against him. He was hanged, his body wascremated, and his ashes were scattered in the MediterraneanSea.

by Gary Grobman
copyright © 1997 Gary M. Grobman

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