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The Glass Booth: Adolf Eichmann Faces His Accusers

Displayed on the uppermost floor of the Ghetto Fighters’ House museum is a booth of wood and glass, in which Adolf Eichmann sat while on trial in Jerusalem. This glass booth is an historical artifact and was itself an element in the judicial proceedings. It makes tangible the story of Eichmann’s being brought to trial in Jerusalem, the trial itself, and his execution for crimes against humanity in general and the Jewish People in particular. In this context, the glass booth is evidence of the duty that the State of Israel took upon itself, to bring to trial those responsible for the extermination of the Jewish People, in order that justice be done “with the Nazis and their henchmen” to the letter of the law.

The empty booth bears symbolic significance.  It may be seen as the Jewish State’s official response to the calls for vengeance, embodied in terms of justice and the law. In the contemporary context of the museum, the visitor stands opposite the empty booth in the position of the “judge” – not in the legal sense, but the moral. The judging, in this case, is a condemnation based on the testimonies collected during the course of the museum visit.


 

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