Eichmann Prosecutor

Gideon Hausner, 75, a former attorney general of Israel who was lead prosecutor in the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, died Nov. 15 in Jerusalem. He had cancer.

Eichmann, a wartime Gestapo colonel who supervised the deportation of millions of Europe's Jews, was kidnapped in Argentina by Israeli intelligence officers in 1960 and smuggled to Israel. His trial, in 1961 and 1962, covered the front pages of the world's press. Found guilty, he was hanged.

Mr. Hausner, born in what is now the Ukraine, came to Palestine in 1927. He received a law degree from Hebrew University and served in Haganah, the Jewish armed force in Palestine.

A member of the Independent Liberal Party, he served as attorney general from 1960 to 1963, spent four terms in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, and was a minister without portfolio from 1974 to 1977.


British Eccentric

Rowland Emett, 84, a British eccentric who made an art form out of building contraptions that rarely if ever worked and whose work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution's Air & Space Museum, died Nov. 13 in London. The cause of death was not reported.

He designed special effects for the 1968 film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," the hero of which was a flying car. But long before that, he had endeared himself to readers of the humor magazine Punch as a cartoonist.

He drew the cartoons between World War II work on the development of jet airplane engines, creating an early comic masterpiece called the Far Twittering and Oyster Creek Railway. It was a decayed, forgotten branch line where elderly steam trains puffed off to stations with names like such as Abbots Grumbling and Stygian Halt.


Film Producer

Pierre Braunberger, 85, producer of the first films of Jean Renoir and Luis Bunuel and the 1980 recipient of an honorary Cesar, the French equivalent of the Oscar, died Nov. 16 in Paris. The cause of death was not reported.

He entered the film industry in 1922 and two years later became a producer of silent movies. He produced Renoir's first film, "Catherine," and Bunuel's first film, "The Andalusian Dog," as well as works by such renowned directors as Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Berri. His most recent production was "Knights of the Round Table" in 1989.



William Finch, 93, the 1935 founder of Finch Telecommunications Laboratories in Manhattan and holder of hundreds of patents for inventions in radio communications, died Nov. 12 at a hospital in Stuart, Fla. He had diabetes.

He pioneered the development of facsimile transmission of printed matter and photographs. He had the patent for the design of a machine that sent printed matter and photographs by radio. He also received a patent for a process by which color photographs could be sent through telephone lines.