EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM

by David Blackman

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EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM

by David Blackman

'Eichmann in Jerusalem' offers a phantasmagoric image of the world around Adolph Eichmann and his involvement in the Holocaust, as if seen through his less-than-tormented eyes. The play moves between three key periods in Eichmann's life; his role during the Holocaust, his life as a Nazi war criminal on the run, and his time as a captive of the Israeli government awaiting trial and execution for complicity in the murder of six million Jews during World War Two.

In the aftermath of the guilty verdict, a Protestant pastor, William Hull, is convinced that Eichmann can be brought onto the path of redemption. In the struggle that follows between them, Eichmann's central role in the extermination process is dramatised against the continual denials and obfuscations of a man convinced his guilt is only moral.

In the supreme moment of judgement, Eichmann is given one last chance to confess his sins and be granted absolution. Instead, he reaffirms his faith in all the beliefs that brought him to trial, unable or unwilling to accept the depth of his crimes. After he is executed, Argentinian fascists, outraged by his death, kidnap a young Jewess, Gracial Sirota, and brutally disfigure her. As Eichmann leaves this world, expressing his everlasting faith in his own God, she becomes the last victim of his crimes.