JUSTICE IN JERUSALEM by Gideon Hausner

JUSTICE IN JERUSALEM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from p. 1262, 1965 when first scheduled for publication as follows: ""Adolph Eichmann's crimes and punishment have been officially concluded, but the heat of argument which prevailed before and after his trial has not altogether died down. Not even as massive an effort as this work can answer all the questions which were raised, or should have been raised, about the man whose career contributed so significantly to the death of six million people. Still, when the last word has been written, Gideon Hausner's volume will stand as one of the essential background books on the Eichmann case. It can in no way be considered an 'objective' evaluation of the manner in which Eichmann was apprehended, found guilty, and executed, since Hausner, as Attorney-General of Israel, conducted the prosecution. His aim here, beyond providing a comprehensive analysis of the political and moral climate of Nazi Germany, is to specifically defend, in the court of world opinion, what he succeeded in doing. His title contains his argument: vengeance was perhaps not possible in this situation, or desirable, but justice was essential. Whether justice is a broad enough concept to deal with a crime as widespread and a guilt as complex is one of the intangibles Hausner, and perhaps no other man, can reasonably determine.

Publisher: Harper & Row