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Sunday February 27, 2000


Israel considers releasing Eichmann journal


From Time to Time: Nando's in-depth look at the 20th century

JERUSALEM (February 27, 2000 12:25 p.m. EST - Israel was considering Sunday a request to supply copies of journals by executed Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to lawyers in a defamation case in London involving David Irving, a controversial British historian.

A justice ministry spokesman told AFP the request was being examined by Attorney General Eliyakim Rubinstein and that a decision could be made soon.

Lawyers for researcher Deborah Lipstadt, whose book "Denying the Holocaust" is at the center of the trial, are seeking copies of documents written by Eichmann while awaiting the verdict in his trial for crimes against humanity and his 1962 execution.

Irving, who has been banned from several countries because of his views on the Holocaust, is suing Lipstadt and the book's publishers, Penguin, for branding him a "dangerous spokesman in the service of the Holocaust deniers."

Eichmann was one of the principal architects of the Final Solution, the genocide of Jews by the Nazis during World War II, in charge of organizing and coordinating the deportation of millions of Jews to the death camps of Eastern Europe.

He was captured by agents of the Israeli secret service Mossad in 1960 in Argentina and brought to trial in Israel.

The Haaretz newspaper quoted legal sources as saying they believed Rubinstein was inclined to agree to the request as he attributes "cardinal importance to the struggle against Holocaust denial."

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