Eichmann in Jerusalem A Report on the Banality of Evil

ISBN-10: 0143039881

ISBN-13: 9780143039884

Edition: 2006

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Hannah Arendts authoritative report on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann includes further factual material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendts postscript directly addressing the controversy that arose over her account.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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.

For thirty years, Amos Elon has reported on politics in the Middle East. He has published numerous articles and books and writes frequently for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and the New York Review of Books.

Introduction
Note to the Reader
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 Law-Abiding Citizen
Deportations from the Reich-Germany, Austria and the Protectorate
Deportations from Western Europe-France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Italy
Deportations from the Balkans-Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Greece, Rumania
Deportations from Central Europe-Hungary and Slovakia
The Killing Centers in the East
Evidence and Witnesses
Judgment, Appeal, and Execution
Epilogue
Postscript
Bibliography
Index
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