The 'Guiding Star' Who Presided Over the Eichmann Trial

Former Supreme Court Justice Moshe Landau was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Monday; he presided over the trial that ended in the conviction of Eichmann, the mastermind of the 'Final solution'.

Former Supreme Court Justice Moshe Landau was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Monday. Landau, the presiding judge in the trial that ended in the conviction of Adolf Eichmann, the mastermind of the "Final Solution," died Sunday. He was 99.

Speaking at the funeral, on Har Hamenuhot, Landau's daughter Ada said: "My father's legacy to the judicial system was 'Do not mourn the passing of the generation of giants, create a new generation of giants.'"

Eichmann trial - GPO - 1961

Former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak, who also spoke at the funeral, called Landau a "guiding star" by which other judges found their way, even after Landau retired after 40 years on the bench.

"I sometimes disagreed with him," Barak said, alluding to Landau's criticism of the Supreme Court under Barak for what Landau believed were intrusions into other branches of government.

"However, those who criticize him must also recognize the depth of his thoughts and actions. More than once I asked myself how Moshe would have acted in this or that matter," Barak said.

In her eulogy, Justice Miriam Naor, who clerked under Landau 40 years ago, said he was a symbol of what a judge should aspire to be. Also alluding to disagreements between Landau and Barak, she said the two had "held the timbers of the house from opposite ends. And because they and the justices of the Supreme Court held up the house from all sides, the house - the Supreme Court - stood strong."

Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, who was close to Landau, said that because Landau first came to public attention during the Eichmann trial the fact that he died on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day had a special symbolism.

Rubinstein said that as a teen in Jerusalem during the trial, he came to understand what the Holocaust was. "Justice Landau conducted the trial ... on the one hand with the dignity of a proud Jew who had lived the history, but on the other hand as a judge obligated to conduct a fair trial even for the evil man before him ..."