80. Chaim Yahil, Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Israel Missions Abroad; Jerusalem, 6 April 1961
On the eve of the trial, discusses expectations about the first stages of the proceedings: objections that will probably be raised as to the jurisdiction of an Israeli court, the contents of the indictment, the issue of immunity for defence witnesses.
81. Gideon Hausner, the Attorney-General and Prosecutor in the Eichmann Trial, to Bechor Shalom Shitreet, Minister of Police; Jerusalem, 11 April 1961
On his opening address at the Eichmann trial: he held a consultation about the contents of the address with the prime minister and the minister of foreign affairs – on the political aspect, and with the minister of justice – on the legal aspect. Hausner warns that the document must be kept confidential and declares his willingness to consult with Commander Avraham Selinger, Head of Bureau 06 about the address (see also Document No. 67).
82. Shabtai Rosenne, Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Israel Missions Abroad; Jerusalem, 7 May 1961
Presents the difference of opinion between the president of the court at the Eichmann trial, Judge Landau, and the prosecutor, Hausner, regarding the range of testimony and its contents, and the relevance of the uprisings in the ghettos to the trial.
83. Shabtai Rosenne, Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Israel Missions Abroad; [Jerusalem], 9 May 1961
Explains the reasons for the government decision to allow the granting of immunity to two witnesses with a Nazi past, so that they could testify at the Eichmann trial (see Document No. 69).
84. Exchange of Letters
Gideon Hausner, the Attorney-General and Prosecutor in the Eichmann Trial, to Izik Ramba; Jerusalem, 9 May 1961
In reply to a question addressed to him publicly by Ramba, a veteran journalist and editor of the right wing 'Herut' newspaper, regarding the considerations involved in choosing the prosecution witnesses in the Eichmann trial, Hausner presents the Bureau 06 working procedures and rejects the 'Herut' editor's implied claim that the witnesses were chosen according to their party affiliation.
Izik Ramba to Gideon Hausner, the Attorney-General; Tel Aviv, 18 May 1961
Ramba replies that that was not his intention. He was outraged by the testimony given by Zvia Lubetkin and Abba Kovner, who minimized the part played by the fighting organizations belonging to the right wing 'Betar' movement.
85. Exchange of Letters
Haika Grossman to Gideon Hausner, the Attorney-General and Prosecutor in the Eichmann trial; Kibbutz Evron, 7 June 1961
Gideon Hausner, the Attorney-General and Prosecutor in the Eichmann trial to Haika Grossman; Jerusalem, 11 August 1961
Haika Grossman, one of the leaders of the underground organization in the Bialystok ghetto, protests that she was not invited to testify at the Eichmann trial on the ghetto uprising, despite its important place in the story of the Holocaust. Claims that her rejection harmed the full presentation of the Holocaust and hints that it was the result of irrelevant considerations.
Hausner replies that the story of the revolts, including the Bialystock ghetto, had been given sufficient importance at the trial.
86. Chaim Yahil, Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to Rehavam Amir, Israel Minister in Warsaw; Jerusalem, 17 June 1961
Yahil writes that the Poles can be useful to the prosecution if they will give them a copy of the interview that Eichmann gave to Sassen and reveal how the document reached them.
87. Nahum Astar, United States Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to Chaim Yahil, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Jerusalem, 17 August 1961
Summary of the work carried out by a group of Foreign Ministry personnel who were put in charge of contact with the foreign journalists, national delegations, observers and other visitors who arrived for the Eichmann trial. They dealt with objections to Israel's right to judge Eichmann; a crisis with the Yugoslavian delegation as a result of Prof. Baron's remarks about the partisans in Yugoslavia and the struggle between East and West Germany, which found expression at the trial. Describes the impression made by the witnesses and the general impression that it was a fair trial.