I only have one more week left working at the United Nations Holocaust Outreach Programme, so this might be my last bit of shameless UN promotion (shameless self promotion will continue). We just announced the line up for our commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, and there’s some really great stuff going on.
Adolf Eichmann was largely responsible for orchestrating the “Final Solution”, the mass deportation and murder of European Jewry during the Holocaust. Following the end of the war, he escaped to Argentina and lived under an alias until he was kidnapped by Israeli operatives in 1960. His trial in Israel from 1961 to 1962 captivated the world’s attention, in large part because Holocaust survivors were called upon to testify. He was ultimately found guilty of crimes against humanity and hanged. The trial is considered to be a great milestone in Holocaust history and international law.
There’s an exhibit debuting at the UN Headquarters on April 19th that features art, photos, video, and documents from the Eichmann Trial. And on April 23rd, we’re hosting a roundtable discussion on the trial, which will cover a range of issues: the concept of universal jurisdiction, the impact of the trial on Israeli society, the role the media played, and the implications for justice and accountability in the 21st century. The panelists include Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Professor Deborah Lipstadt, and many more. You can register for the events and find out more information here.