21. Israel Mission in Cologne to (Felix) Eliezer Shinnar, Head of the Mission (Jerusalem and the West European Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Cologne, 25 May 1960
First reactions of the press and the government in West Germany to the capture of Eichmann and his transfer to Israel, and their position on possible involvement of Germany in the trial.
22. Exchange of Letters
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem to the Israel Mission in Cologne; 14 June 1960
Asks about an article in the German news magazine "Der Spiegel" which is said to claim that the Eichmann trial is a show trial whose goal is to squeeze additional economic aid from West Germany, after the reparations payments end.
Israel Mission in Cologne to the West European Division; Jerusalem, 15 June 1960
An analysis of "Der Spiegel"'s position against the background of the fears in certain circles in West Germany of reopening investigations following Eichmann's arrest.
23. Pinhas Rodan, Head of Consular Section in Cologne, to (Felix) Eliezer Shinnar, Head of the Israel Mission in Cologne; Cologne, 16 November 1960
Investigations are being made by official elements in West Germany as to how the Vatican granted Eichmann a laisser passer to Argentina, and how Eichmann's family reached Argentina.
24. (Felix) Eliezer Shinnar, Head of the Israel Mission in Cologne, to Chaim Yahil, Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Cologne, 18 November 1960
The West German foreign ministry is expressing apprehensions about a world-wide wave of hate against it following Eichmann's capture, and the possibility that the Democratic Republic (East Germany) will exploit the trial to incite against West Germany and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. West German leaders hope that Israel will not support such a line, in view of Prime Minister Ben-Gurion's position on the "new Germany" and the reparations paid to Israel for material damage during the Holocaust. They are also anxious about the agreement to film and document the trial, which is arousing fears that it will be turned into a "show trial".
25. Exchange of Letters
Professor Dr. Friedrich Kaul to Pinhas Rosen, Minister of Justice; Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv, 19 February 1961
Pinhas Rosen, Minister of Justice to Professor Dr. Friedrich Kaul; Jerusalem, 21 February 1961
A demand by Adv. Kaul from East Germany to represent four Jewish citizens of his country in a civil suit against Eichmann in Israel. Kaul notes that he holds vital documents proving Eichmann's guilt.
Rosen repeats the reply given to Kaul in a meeting on the previous day, that it is not possible to add a civil suit to the case against Eichmann.
26. Moshe Hess, Deputy to the Official in Charge of the Information Section, Israel Mission in Cologne, to Leo Savir, Deputy Head of the Mission; Cologne, 20 February 1960
Talk with a German leader about plans by the Eastern bloc to exploit the Eichmann trial for propaganda purposes against Israel and West Germany, and about Adv. Kaul's trip to Israel in this regard. Information regarding Eichmann's statement that he had not known Hans Globke, director of Chancellor Adenauer's bureau, before 1946.
27. Leo Savir, Deputy Head of the Israel Mission in Cologne, to the West European Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Cologne, 2 March 1961
Information about the intention of Eugen Gerstenmaier, the president of the Bundestag, and of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer to make a declaration in the Bundestag on the significance of the Eichmann trial for the German people. They will express agreement with the intention to use the trial to reflect the extent of the Holocaust. Adenauer hopes thus to neutralize public opinion around the world and East German propaganda.
28. Leo Savir, Deputy Head of the Israel Mission in Cologne, to the Prime Minister's Bureau; Cologne, 14 March 1961
A translated summary of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's comments at a press conference on the link between the Eichmann trial and West German-Israel relations. His response to claims regarding the Nazi past of his bureau chief Hans Globke.
29. Leo Savir, Deputy Head of the Israel Mission in Cologne, to Arye Levavi, Acting Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Cologne, 15 March 1961
Meeting with Felix von Eckhardt, the West German state secretary and director of the press bureau, in which he expressed Germany's identification with the goals of the Eichmann trial on the one hand; and its concerns about exploitation of the trial for incitement against Germany and its presentation as the heir to Hitler's Germany, on the other.
30. Zvi Brosh, Head of the Information Section at the Israel Mission in Cologne, to the Director-General's Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the West European Division; Cologne,
11 April 1961
Text of Chancellor Adenauer's speech on television on the eve of the opening of the Eichmann trial, regarding the German government's position on the trial. Mentions the purification from Nazism that the German people have undergone, the reparations paid to Israel and Ben-Gurion's statements on the difference between Germany of the present and Nazi Germany.
31. Meshulam Varon, West European Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to (Felix) Eliezer Shinnar, Head of the Israel Mission in Cologne; Jerusalem, 27 April 1961
Report on a discussion with Dr. Kronk, a member of the West German delegation to the Eichmann trial in Israel, in which he noted that the trial and the way it is being conducted are dispelling his government's apprehensions about Israel's attitude. However, he expressed concerns about incitement by East Germany and the Communist Bloc. Kronk raised the possibility of the delegation remaining in Israel and serving as a kind of official representative of Germany.
32. Chaim Yahil, Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to Leo Savir, Deputy Head of the Israel Mission in Cologne; Jerusalem, 5 May 1961
On the Eichmann trial's educational role for the Jewish people and other nations, especially the Germans. Kaul's attack on West Germany has failed. However, Yahil notes that it is impossible to prevent the negative comments directed at Hans Globke by the Israeli press.
33. Zvi Brosh, Head of the Information Section at the Israel Mission in Cologne, to the West European Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Cologne, 4 July 1961
Survey of reports in the German press since the opening of the trial. Brosh especially notes the disappointment with the appearance of Eichmann himself, and Israelis' reservations regarding the court's 'gentle handling' of him; the contradiction between Eichmann's claim that he was a "small cog" in the machine, and his attempts to present himself as an influential person. In addition, Brosh reviews the public response in Germany, which avoids discussing the trial for fear of being confronted with uncomfortable questions by the younger generation.
34. Shabtai Rosenne, Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to Judge Yehoshua Eisenberg, Director of Courts; Jerusalem, 3 August 1961
Discusses the requests received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the West German authorities to interrogate Eichmann regarding the Nazi trials conducted in Germany, and the refusal by the legal authorities in Israel to deal with them till the conclusion of Eichmann's cross examination, and to postpone them to the stage prior to handing down the verdict. Rosenne wishes to facilitate the Germans' efforts with regard to their requests to interrogate Eichmann, as they had dealt efficiently with equivalent Israeli requests.
35. Zvi Brosh, Head of the Information Section at the Israel Mission in Cologne, to the West European and Information Divisions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and to (Felix) Eliezer Shinnar, Head of the Mission; Cologne, 27 December 1961
Review of reaction in West Germany to the death penalty handed down on Eichmann. Opinions on the issue whether to carry out the sentence or to commute it to life imprisonment. Positions in the press regarding the conclusions Germans should draw from the trial, regarding the nation's conscience and facing up to its past.
36. Zvi Brosh, Head of the Information Section at the Israel Mission in Cologne, to the West European and Information Divisions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Cologne, 3 June 1962
Review of reactions in the German press to Eichmann's execution: requests for a pardon, justification of the sentence and reports of signs of antisemitic reactions in Argentina and East Europe. Some expressed the opinion that the German people have no right to view the Eichmann trial as an atonement for their guilt.