Facing the Glass Booth: The Jerusalem Trial of Adolf Eichmann

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Facing the Glass Booth, being published in English for the first time, is a detailed account of Eichmann’s trial by the poet and journalist Haim Gouri, who was assigned to cover the event by the Israeli daily newspaper Lamerhav. The trial changed attitudes toward Holocaust survivors in Israeli society. He admits to his initial skepticism toward these witnesses, and yet he learns much from them. Gouri’s account is both a fascinating historical document and a chronicle of an extraordinary poet’s encounter with one of the most terrible events of our times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814330876
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 337
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Haim Gouri is an award-winning poet, journalist, and novelist, as well as a documentary filmmaker who has devoted much of his career to exploring political and cultural shifts in his country.
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Table of Contents

Translator's note
The first day 1
A speech of accusation and lament 6
Day and night and day 12
A minor logistical officer 16
Problems of communication 20
"That which was ..." 23
Shmuel Grynszpan and Benno Cohen 26
The story of God's servants 31
The disciples of the angel of death 34
The miracles 38
Why fear death? 42
Marta's Sabbath dress 49
Documents, Amsterdam, Copenhagen 53
"The march to the star" 57
The narrowing booth 62
Heinrich-Karl-Ernst Grueber 66
After a month 71
Yitzhak Nehama of Salonica 75
The ghost of the past? 80
Exhibits T/1091 to T/1099 85
Hungary, Hungary 90
The psychologist 95
Part of the crime 101
The yoke of guilt 107
Our glorious brothers 111
Blaze forth, Teutonic fire 116
A forest and a small railway station 123
The planet of ashes 128
Potato power 131
In Vino Veritas 137
The key? 142
The power of the imagination 147
The "legal basis" 153
Addenda and notes 157
"An hour to an hour and a half" 162
Ivan and Nikolai 167
Jacques Stern's face 171
In the madhouse 175
Ghosts 178
That deal 182
On assignment 185
The cross-examination 189
Insomnia 194
Falsehood 198
The puzzle 202
"Yes, but ..." 206
Did you go to Maidanek? 209
Patrimony 213
The bear, the dog, and the man 219
The categorical imperative 224
One last chance 228
Final questions 233
The last document 238
The true picture 244
The black flag 247
A concluding speech 253
Dr. Robert Servatius 259
The Jerusalem trial 266
Convicted 280
Words in the forest 285
Deserving of death 288
No reply 292
The sentence 297
"Human rights" 301
The book and the appeal 305
Making it short 309
The last round 311
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