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Collection of Documents – Legal Documents and Drafts of the Eichmann Trial Prosecution Team

Collection of Documents from the Estate of Attorney Zvi Terlo, Member of the Eichmann Trial Prosecution Team, 1961-1962 (and additional years).
The Eichmann trial, which was held in "Beit Ha'am" in Jerusalem in 1961, aroused much interest on the part of the Israeli and international media, mainly at its early stages and while the verdict was announced. The world viewed the trial as historic justice. However, some claimed that legally, the State of Israel did not have the right to judge Eichmann and he had to be brought to trial before a neutral or an international court. The influence of the Eichmann Trial on Israeli society was immense: numerous holocaust survivors opened their hearts for the first time through their testimonies and the trial aroused the awareness to the Holocaust in Israeli and international public as well as empathy towards the survivors.
The documents in this collection served attorney Zvi Terlo (1932-2010) – a jurist and attorney who served as a legal advisor to IDF in Judea and Samaria (after the Six Day War), senior consultant to the Minister of Justice, General Director of the Ministry of Justice and a Labor Court Judge. Terlo was a prosecution team member in the Eichmann Trial and as is evident in the documents, Terlo was in charge of preparing the legal material justifying the right to kidnap Eichmann and to hold the trial.
The archive includes:
• Documents on behalf of Shabtai Rosen, Legal Adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem – "Civil Servant Card in the District Court in Jerusalem concerning the Legal Adviser against Adolf Eichmann"; and other documents issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, regarding clarification of relationship between the Israeli and Argentinean governments, following the kidnapping of Eichmann – "the governments of Israel and Argentina…decide herewith to regard as cancelled the incident carried out by Israeli civilians and which inflicted the basic rights of the Argentinean State".
• Four documents regarding the above mentioned subject, issued by Foreign Affairs Minister Golda Meir, where it is written "me, Golda Meir, Minister of Foreign Affairs, certify herewith: the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and his transfer to Israel where subjects of discussions between the governments of Argentina and Israel, and a solution was found to the disagreements, acceptable by both governments”. Three of the documents are signed by Meir.
• Pamphlet, “Legal Material” submitted by Gideon Hausner (Hebrew and English); copies of the Bill of Indictment, issued by the Government Legal Adviser (a copy in Hebrew and a copy in English); copies of the verdict (a copy in Hebrew and a copy in English, internal prints, stenciled); and other legal documents of the trial’s process (stenciled).
• Pamphlet, “Israel v. Eichmann – A Study in International, Comparative and Domestic Law (Amended Version)” by Dr. Ya’akov Robinson, consultant to the US prosecutor in the Nuremberg Trials and a State of Israel consultant in the Eichmann Trial.
• Hundreds of typewritten and handwritten leaves, related to the pre-trial arguments, “problem of kidnapping”, issue of the court’s authority to judge Eichmann and assembling legal material which justifies Eichmann’s kidnapping in Argentina and bringing him to judgment in Israel; memorandum: “marginal legal problems of the Eichmann Affair” and additional memorandums regarding judgment of WW I war criminals (some of the documents are addressed to Gideon Hausner Attorney General and Chief Prosecutor in the trial).
• Protocols of meetings with handwritten comments and corrections.
• Several documents concerning the International committee investigating Mengele’s crimes.
• Folder with a draft of the closing argument for the Eichmann Trial, typewritten, with corrections and additions handwritten by Terlo.
• Four printed brochures (issued by the Prime Minister’s Center of Information, Jerusalem) – “Opening Statement”; “Verdict and Sentence”; “Closing Argument”; “Appeal”. The brochures include the opening statement and the closing argument with dedications handwritten by Terlo.
• Seven photos (b/w) of the court room.
• Tens of protocols (stenciled) and typewritten leaves.
Total of hundreds of documents. Condition varies