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The documentary diariesWorking experiences of a non-fiction filmmaker$
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Alan Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993023

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993023.001.0001

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Adolf Eichmann: The Secret Memoirs

Adolf Eichmann: The Secret Memoirs

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The documentary diaries

Alan Rosenthal

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the making of Rosenthal’s film about the Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann, as the author tries to discover who was the real Eichmann behind his façade as a mere cog in the wheel of Nazi bureaucracy and Jewish murder.Starting from his experiences as Assistant Producer during the televizing of the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, Rosenthal documents his doubts about Hannah Arendt’s excuses for Eichmann. After first deciding to make a film based on the release of Eichmann’s prison memoirs after 40 years by the Israel Government archives, Rosenthal discusses a more secret and authentic memoir written by Eichmann when he was free in Argentina after the war. Here Eichmann regrets nothing, only that he wasn’t harsh enough and stern enough and says “I would have jumped into my grave with joy knowing six million enemies of the Reich had died like animals.”

Keywords:   Adolph Eichmann, Auschwitz, Secret memoirs, Holocaust, Argentine Nazis, Death camps, Nazis, Script difficulties

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