The Eichmann Show

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The Eichmann Show
Directed byPaul Andrew Williams
Produced byLaurence Bowen
Ken Marshall
Written bySimon Block
StarringMartin Freeman
Anthony LaPaglia
Music byLaura Rossi
CinematographyCarlos Catalan
Edited byJames Taylor
Distributed by
Release date
  • 20 January 2015 (2015-01-20) (United Kingdom)
Running time
90 minutes[3]
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Eichmann Show is a 2015 British BBC TV drama film produced by Laurence Bowen and Ken Marshall for Feelgood Fiction and directed by Paul Andrew Williams.

It is based on the true story of how American TV producer Milton Fruchtman and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz came to broadcast the trial of one of World War II's most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichmann in 1961.[4]


In 1961 former Nazi Adolf Eichmann is captured by Israeli agents and put on trial. American television producer Milton Fruchtman fervently believes that the trial with its witness accounts of Nazi atrocities should be televised to show the world the evils of the Holocaust and to combat any resurgence of Nazism and joins forces with black-listed director Leo Hurwitz. Despite death threats, reluctance to cooperate from several networks and even resistance from the Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion, who fears a 'show trial', the pair persist and move their cameras into the court-room. Edited daily and shown in some three dozen countries the 'Eichmann Show' becomes the first ever global television documentary.



  1. ^ "Weinstein Acquires 'The Eichmann Show'; 'Childhood Of A Leader' Adds Cast; More Berlin Briefs". Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  2. ^ The Eichmann Show (2015) - Company credits - IMDb
  3. ^ a b The Eichmann Show - BBC Two
  4. ^ "The Eichmann Show: New BBC film tells story behind trial's broadcast". Amos Schocken. 2015-01-21. Archived from the original on 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-03-18. [G]roundbreaking American film producer Milton Fruchtman... was given the job of televising the so-called "Trial of the Century" in Jerusalem in 1961. The broadcasts lasted for over four months and were shown in 56 countries. ... [The] televised trial "became the world’s first ever documentary series, and in the process changed the way people saw the Second World War," Laurence Bowen, the films's producer, told BBC. "It was the first time many people had ever heard the story of the Holocaust from the mouths of the victims. So it had a huge impact historically, but it also was a huge event in terms of television." ... [Fruchtmann] said, "In the end every German television station showed segments of the trial each evening. Children who had not learned about the Nazis in school heard about the war for the first time."

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