JERUSALEM (Jul. 2)
Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi war criminal charged with master-minding the annihilation of 6,000,000 Jews in Europe during the Second World War, will resume testimony tomorrow after nearly two weeks of direct questioning by defense attorney Robert Servatius. The accused has attempted to explain away incriminating evidence in prosecution documents by attributing such material to bureaucratic inaccuracies and careless record keeping.
Eichmann will also begin what may be his final week of direct testimony facing the growing impatience of the three-Judge tribunal and an increasingly cool relationship between the accused and his own defense counsel. All three justices have, on numerous occasions, admonished the defendant not to embark on lengthy discourses over irrelevant details in reply to questions. Eichmann’s differences with his attorney were climaxed this weekend over attempts by Dr. Servatius, at the direction of the three judges, to eliminate unnecessary documents and testimony, in an effort to speed the trial.
Upon completion of Eichmann’s direct testimony, the prosecution will get its first chance at cross-examining the defendant, who chose to testify under oath.