The senior prosecutor at the 1961 trial of infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann will speak at a Creighton University event commemorating the 50th anniversary of that landmark war crimes trial.
Justice Gabriel Bach, a retired Israeli Supreme Court justice, will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St. The free lecture is open to the public.
Eichmann, a top SS leader who was believed to have sent as many as 6 million Jews to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps, escaped after the war and fled to Argentina.
Israeli forces captured him in 1960 and put him on trial in Israel. Bach, then 34, served as one of three major prosecutors in the case. He had been the lead coordinator for the investigation of Eichmann's crimes.
Bach's family fled from Nazi Germany just before widespread violence began against Jews. In 1940, the family fled Amsterdam, relocating to Jerusalem just before the German invasion of Holland crushed that country. Bach is believed to be the only Jew from his school in Holland to have survived the war.
After a four-month trial, Eichmann was convicted on all 15 criminal counts and was sentenced to death.
It was the first widely televised trial and the first time many people became aware of the enormity of the Holocaust.
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