History GCSE: Adolf Eichmann: Architect of the Holocaust

Using a combination of archive footage, dramatisation and interviews with people involved in the television production and the trial, this short film introduces students to the groundbreaking trial of Adolf Eichmann.

The trial was the first global television documentary series, as each day, a summary of the trial was flown to 37 countries. The Eichmann trial shed light on the horrors of the Holocaust for millions around the world for the first time.

Alan Rosenthal, who was just 21 when he worked on the television production, discusses his memories of Eichmann and the intense atmosphere of the trial.

Gabriel Bach, deputy prosecutor at the trial, explains that Eichmann was charged with causing 'the mass deportation of Jews to death camps and their murder' and how the policy of the forced migration of six million Jews became 'The Final Solution'.

This short film is from the BBC series, The Eichmann Show.

Due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, we strongly advise teacher viewing before watching with your pupils.

Teacher Notes

Why is Eichmann so unknown in Holocaust histories? Using this short film and a variety of sources and images, students can build up a picture of Adolf Eichmann.

It is important to use material from pre, during and post World War Two so that students can assemble a chronological narrative as well as points that highlight key episodes in Eichmann’s life.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching history. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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