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When Adolf Eichmann stood trial in Jerusalem in 1961, Israel and the rest of the world experienced a reaction unlike any other produced by proceedings against a Nazi war criminal. Although some details about the Holocaust were generally known by the early sixties, the painful topic had slipped from public discussion as countries touched by World War II moved on to other pressing matters. Among Israeli-Jews fighting for a new homeland, the near-extermination of European Jewry was misunderstood as an embarrassment - an instance of Jewish impotence in the face of victimization by the Nazis. However, as the head of Hitler's Race and Resettlement Office stood trial on Israeli soil under the eye of the international media and Israeli survivors told their powerful stories to the world, the Holocaust became a defining experience for Zionism and human history.;This is a detailed account of Eichmann's trial by the poet and journalist Haim Gouri, who was assigned to cover the event by the Israeli daily newspaper ""Lamerhav"". The trial changed attitudes towards the Holocaust and Gouri's reporting was the literary catalyst of this change.