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Tags: Adolf Eichmann
1961, the Eichmann trial is about to begin, and Nochi, a lawyer for the prosecution is still interviewing witnesses. He is driven by pure ethical considerations. He meets Anda, a nurse who survived Block 10 in Auschwitz (the women in this block were subjects of human experiments), and even kept a diary. But Nochi is confronted with government considerations—they do not want Anda to testify because Anda is from the "wrong" side of the political map (Anda was against Reparations, for example). Nochi risks his career and his relationship with his fiancée, Alona. Alona's father doesn’t like Nochi, mostly because of his past: Nochi came to Israel alone at the age of 8. He had to erase his European roots in order to fit in and make his way in society. But it is still not enough.
A docudrama based on the interview of Adolf Eichmann, the administrator of the Final Solution, by his Israeli interrogator. While the play focuses on Eichmann and how an average man became the perpetrator of genocide, Kipphardt also includes scenes depicting other acts of political oppression from World War II until 1982, including Hiroshima, Vietnam, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The play is divided to three acts: the first takes place in a Jewish hospital in an unnamed capital city in central Europe in 1943. The second act takes place in the same time and city, but focuses on ghetto life working groups, a Rabbi's story and Eichmann's bloody offer. The third act takes place in Israel, June 1, 1962—Eichmann's trial in Israel. It focuses on the death sentence, the last confession, etc. Then there are nine past visions: the Rabbi, a speech by a diplomat, a burning ghetto and others.
A docudrama that dramatizes the failed attempt to save the lives of Hungarian Jews. Joel Brand is a Hungarian leader whom Adolf Eichmann allows to negotiate with the British for transport trucks in exchange for the endangered Jews. Brand, instead is arrested by the British in Syria and when the negotiations fail, the Hungarian Jews are sent to their deaths.
Perdition is a highly controversial play, loosely based on actual circumstances involving Dr. Rudolph Kastner, who negotiatied with Adolph Eichmann, to exchange goods to save 1,685 Jews in Hungary from deportation to the Auschwitz death camp. Kastner was found guilty by an Israeli court of conspiring with the Nazis, a ruling overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court, but not before Kastner was assassinated. Allen’s play, which had its Royal Court Theatre production in London cancelled, suggests that Zionists conspired with the Nazis.
The Man in the Glass Booth, by Robert Shaw who was a well-known actor and writer, is somewhat influenced by the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann. The lead character is Arthur Goldman, a very wealthy Jewish businessmen living in Manhattan in 1965. Israeli secret service agents kidnap him and transport him to Israel, put him in a bulletproof glass booth, and prosecute him, charging that Goldman is not a Jew, but in reality a significant Nazi war criminal, guilty of horrific genocidal crimes. The play has a shocking final dramatic twist.
Subtitled Eichmann in Jerusalem, The White Crow is set in the basement office of an Israeli police station in the summer of 1960. Adolf Eichmann, German SS officer and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust, is under interrogation. He has been tracked down in Argentina and brought to Israel to stand trial for his crimes. The play explores Eichmann’s psyche and goes beyond his defense that he was merely following orders.
The play was influenced by Adolf Eichman's trial in Israel. The protagonist is represenative of Eichman, a leading Nazi perpetrator who escaped to South America following the war. The perpetrator’s capture is facilitated by a survivor of the concentration camps. In an ironic twist, the businessman survivor’s life is saved by the Eichman character’s daughter, a prosecutor committed to bringing ex-Nazis to justice.