Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

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Penguin, Jan 1, 1994 - History - 312 pages
This report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared as a series of articles in The New Yorker in 1963. This edition contains further factual material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript commenting on the controversy that arose over her book.

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EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM: A Report On The Banality Of Evil

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Hannah Arendt's superb study of Adolf Eichmann operates on a three-pronged front: as a legalistic clearing ground (the Israeli-or-International Court controversy; the relation to the Nuremberg and ... Read full review

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What can you say about the objectivity of a Jewish woman who slept with Hitler's favorite philosopher and anti-Semite, Martin Heidegger? He was also Arendt's philosophy professor and advisor at the University of Marburg.
Politics apparently didn't influence her choice of lovers. In 1940, Arendt married Heinrich Blucher, a Marxist literary critic and a one-time member of the Communist Party.
Although Arendt's reportage on Eichmann's trial is obviously flawed, possibly skewed because of her romantic involvement with a top Nazi apologist (and member of the party since 1934, only a year after Hitler came to power)..
But "Eichmann in Jerusalem" remains important as a snapshot of the most shameful period and place in history, Nazi Germany.
---Frank Sanello
"Victims and Victimizers: Gays and Lesbians in the Third Reich." Genesee Avenue Books, 2011.

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The House of Justice
The Accused
An Expert on the Jewish Question
The First Solution Expulsion
The Second Solution Concentration
The Final Solution Killing
The Wannsee Conference or Pontius Pilate
Duties of a LawAbiding Citizen
Deportations from the BalkansYugoslavia Bulgaria Greece Rumania
Deportations from Central EuropeHungary and Slovakia
The Killing Centers in the East
Evidence and Witnesses
Judgment Appeal and Execution

Deportations from the ReichGermany Austria and the Protectorate
Deportations from Western EuropeFrance Belgium Holland Denmark Italy

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About the author (1994)

Born in Hanover, Germany, Hannah Arendt received her doctorate from Heidelberg University in 1928. A victim of naziism, she fled Germany in 1933 for France, where she helped with the resettlement of Jewish children in Palestine. In 1941, she emigrated to the United States. Ten years later she became an American citizen. Arendt held numerous positions in her new country---research director of the Conference on Jewish Relations, chief editor of Schocken Books, and executive director of Jewish Cultural Reconstruction in New York City. A visiting professor at several universities, including the University of California, Columbia, and the University of Chicago, and university professor on the graduate faculty of the New School for Social Research, in 1959 she became the first woman appointed to a full professorship at Princeton. She also won a number of grants and fellowships. In 1967 she received the Sigmund Freud Prize of the German Akademie fur Sprache und Dichtung for her fine scholarly writing. Arendt was well equipped to write her superb The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) which David Riesman called "an achievement in historiography." In his view, "such an experience in understanding our times as this book provides is itself a social force not to be underestimated." Arendt's study of Adolf Eichmann at his trial---Eichmann in Jerusalem (1963)---part of which appeared originally in The New Yorker, was a painfully searching investigation into what made the Nazi persecutor tick. In it, she states that the trial of this Nazi illustrates the "banality of evil." In 1968, she published Men in Dark Times, which includes essays on Hermann Broch, Walter Benjamin, and Bertolt Brecht (see Vol. 2), as well as an interesting characterization of Pope John XXIII.

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