Eichmann May Be Moved to Another Prison Before Verdict is Issued
Menu JTA Search

Eichmann May Be Moved to Another Prison Before Verdict is Issued

Download PDF for this date

The possibility was raised today that Adolf Eichmann may be moved to another prison for security reasons while he is awaiting the verdict of the three-judge court which tried him on charges of master-minding the slaughter of 6, 000, 000 European Jews.

The former Gestapo colonel has been kept in a special cell in the Beit Haam, the Community Center which was converted to a courtroom for the trial, since the trial began last April 11. He was brought to the Beit Haam from the Jallemeh prison in northern Israel where he had been held since he was brought to Israel in the spring of 1960.

The problem of a location arises from the fact that there is expected to be a period of at least three months between the end of the summations by defense and prosecution which will be delivered next week and the announcement of the verdict, which is not expected until after the High Holy Days.

Police officials believe it would be best to move Eichmann out of Jerusalem, where crowded urban conditions require heavy guard, but feel that because many persons visited the Jallemeh prison after learning it had been Eichmann’s place of detention, it might not be wise to return him there. He will be brought back to Jerusalem to hear the verdict after which he will have a right to make a statement before sentence is pronounced.


Eichmann will be examined before an Israeli magistrate, at the request of the West German Government, in connection with many cases of Nazi war criminals now pending in West German courts, it was disclosed today.

The examination will be carried out by Dr. Dietrich Zweig, the West German observer at the Eichmann trial. The West German Justice Ministry received requests from some 10 West German courts for examination of Eichmann in connection with trials, scheduled to open in the next few weeks. Among them is the trial of Kurt Franza, former commander of the Treblinka murder camp.

During his stay in Israel, Dr. Zweig has been in contact with the Israel Police Bureau 0-6, which prepared the prosecution against Eichmann. Dr. Zweig received information against numerous former Nazis who were arrested in West Germany as a result.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund