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Publisher's Summary

The capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in May of 1960 and his subsequent trial in Jerusalem by an Israeli court electrified the world. The public debate it sparked on where, how, and by whom Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice, and the international media coverage of the trial itself, was a watershed moment in how the civilized world in general and Holocaust survivors in particular found the means to deal with the legacy of genocide on a scale that had never been seen before.
Award-winning historian Deborah E. Lipstadt gives us an overview of the trial and analyzes the dramatic effect that the survivors’ courtroom testimony—which was itself not without controversy—had on a world that had until then regularly commemorated the Holocaust but never fully understood what the millions who died and the hundreds of thousands who managed to survive had actually experienced. As the world continues to confront the ongoing reality of genocide and ponder the fate of those who survive it, this trial of the century, which has become a touchstone for judicial proceedings throughout the world, offers a legal, moral, and political framework for coming to terms with unfathomable evil. Lipstadt infuses a gripping narrative with historical perspective and contemporary urgency.
©2011 Deborah E. Lipstadt (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
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Critic Reviews

“Having covered the Eichmann trial myself, I can warmly recommend Deborah Lipstadt’s important analysis of its fascinating perspectives.” (Elie Wiesel)
“A penetrating and authoritative dissection of a landmark case and its after effects.” (Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Elizabetrh Fontaine Stabler on 07-20-11

Lots of poor pronunciation

At least every 10 minutes William Dixon mispronounces a word or name, such as labyrinthine! Very distracting. With a nonfiction work set mainly in Israel, couldn't the publisher make an effort to find someone who doesn't know how to pronounce words in English, much less Hebrew. Very distracting in spite of his blandly pleasant voice.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 08-07-12

Original take on an old story

If you could sum up The Eichmann Trial in three words, what would they be?

fresh, new perspective.

What did you like best about this story?

This retelling of the Eichmann story mentions details and events often left out of other books written on the subject.

Have you listened to any of Walter Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Eichmann expressed sympathy for the interrogator's murdered father.

Any additional comments?

I think the other comments about this book are a bit harsh. It may not be the best book on the subject, but it offers a new perspective. Peter Malkin and Zvi Aharoni, two of the agents who captured Eichmann, have written about their experiences and those books should also be read by anybody who had read this one. Over all, I would say that this book is certainly worth reading. It also explores the issue of holocaust denial and the psychology behind Nazism. Although the narrator sounded inexperienced, it was still an enjoyable and educational audiobook.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mary Carnegie on 03-06-16

Evil is often banal, never magnificent

Mistake to have a bloke as narrator. I admire Lipstadt for her stand against the obnoxious pseudo-historian, David Irving, a "scholar" without even a first degree, a/c his publicity lack of cash, but unlikely since he'd been funded through a second rate fee-paying boarding school.
Lipstadt is arrogantly American with all the naiveté and moralistic judgments of those educated in a new, narrow, introverted system.
Understanding history needs a broader learning and wider sympathy if you venture to make universal judgment...

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