Moshe-Landau-Obituary

Moshe Landau

Obituary

JERUSALEM (AP) - Moshe Landau, chief judge in the 1961 trial of Nazi arch-criminal Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, died Sunday on the eve of the annual memorial day for the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, the government said. He was 99.

Landau was an Israeli Supreme Court justice when he was picked to head the three-judge panel for the Eichmann trial. Eichmann, who was in charge of the "final solution," the Nazi plan to kill all the Jews of Europe, was kidnapped from Argentina in 1960 by Israel's Mossad spy agency. He was convicted and hanged.

The trial, broadcast on Israeli radio and followed closely by the people, brought about a major change in attitudes toward Holocaust survivors. Up until then, Israelis, who saw themselves as self-sufficient heroes, denigrated the survivors as helpless victims. The trial brought out the horrors and deprivations the Jews faced, as well as their mostly feeble efforts to rebel, leading to a new appreciat ion of their plight among Israelis.

Landau was an accomplished jurist by the time of the Eichmann trial. Born in Danzig, Germany, in 1912, he studied law at the University of London and moved to Palestine in 1933, 15 years before the state of Israel was created.

He climbed quickly through the judicial system and was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1953. In 1980, he was named chief justice, retiring in 1982. In 1991, he was given the Israel Prize, the nation's highest civilian honor.

In a speech Sunday at the ceremony for the beginning of the Holocaust memorial day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to Landau, recalling that the Eichmann trial made a deep impression on him as a child.

"The people bow their heads in expressing honor and deep appreciation for his life works and character," Netanyahu said.

Landau died in Jerusalem. Funeral arrangements had not been announced late Sunday.


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My condolences to the family and friends for your loss and may you find strength in your prayers as you grieve your loss Phillipans 4: 13.

Acts 10:42~Also he ordered us to preach to people & give a thorough witness that this is the One decreed by God to be judge of the living & the dead.

Having spent time in Israel, I know first hand of the great respect and appreciation the citizens of his nation held for this fine man. I vividly recall Adolph Eichmann's trial - and the world was watching to see if he would receive a fair court - and he did. May Moshe Landau be judged by The Almighty as a just and merciful man.

May the God of all comfort grant your family peace at this time. (Psalms 23:4)

Positive change make good people in God's eyes. And it is indeed God's own memory that we may see Moshe Landau again. My condolences and love to all. T. Gates

God remebers everybody and so we can rely on for the hope of resurection. Genesis 8:1.

Mr Moshe Landau presided as a Judge the same time as Mr. Whitney Harris of St. Louis, Missouri was the prosecuting attorney during the Nuremburg Trials after the second World War.Together, they and other judges and attornies were able to prosecute and sentence all the convicted Nazi War criminals. Mr Whitney Harris died at age 97. April 2010, just a year ago.

Despite the death of Moshe Landau, we all have the same hope as the wise man Job did. He asked: “If an able-bodied man dies can he live again? All the days of my compulsory service I shall wait, until my relief comes. You will call, and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning. Like Job we can all look forward to a time when God will call and we will answer.”

TO THE FAMILY OF MOSHE LANDAU,I EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AT THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME.JESUS WILL CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTICE TO PREVAIL.2 PETER 3;13 SAYS THERE ARE NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH THAT WE ARE AWAITING ACCORDING TO HIS PROMISE,AND IN THESE RIGHTEOUSNESS IS TO DWELL.PLEASE READ ISAIAH 11;3-5.AW.HOUSTON,TX.