In 1961 former Nazi Adolf Eichmann is captured by Jewish agents and put on trial. American television producer Milton Fruchtman fervently believes that the trial with its witness accounts of Nazi atrocities should be televised to show the world the evils of the Holocaust and to combat any resurgence of Nazism and joins forces with black-listed director Leo Hurwitz. Despite death threats, reluctance to cooperate from several networks and even resistance from the Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion, who fears a 'show trial', the pair persist and move their cameras into the court-room. Edited daily and shown in some three dozen countries the 'Eichmann Show' becomes the first ever global television documentary.
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Did You Know?
The movie begins by showing scenes from the Battle of Berlin, and a voice notes "September the Second, 1945, the war is over . . . " That's the date of the surrender of Japan. Germany surrendered effective May 8, 1945, and the search for Nazi war criminals began then. See more
Only in proportion as publicity has place can any of the checks applicable to judicial justice operate. Where there is no publicity, there is no justice... Publicity is the very soul of justice... It keeps the judge himself while trying under trial. The security of securities is publicity.
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