Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt
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The controversial journalistic analysis of the mentality that fostered the Holocaust

Originally appearing as a series of articles in The New Yorker, Hannah Arendt’s authoritative and stunning report on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann sparked a flurry of debate upon its publication. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt’s postscript directly addressing the controversy that arose over her account. A major journalistic triumph by an intellectual of singular influence, Eichmann in Jerusalem is as shocking as it is informative—an unflinching look at one of the most unsettling (and unsettled) issues of the twentieth century that remains hotly debated to this day. This Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction by Amos Elan.

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About Hannah Arendt

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HANNAH ARENDT was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1906, fled to Paris in 1933, and came to the United States after the outbreak of World War II. She was the editorial director of Schocken Books from 1946 to 1948. She taught at Berkeley, Princeton, the University of Chicago, and the New School for Social Research. Among her other books are The Human Condition, On Revolution, Essays in Understanding, The Jewish Writings, The Promise of Politics, Responsibility and Judgment, and The Life of the Mind. Arendt died in 1975.
Published September 22, 2006 by Penguin Classic. 340 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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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 Successor trials; the forced deportations and "final solution"; Nazis, past and present, and West Ge...

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A new biography of Adolf Eichmann takes issue with the woman who first described "the banality of evil."

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Eichmann: His Life and Crimes by David Cesarani 352 pp, Heinemann, £20 Through Hannah Arendt's New Yorker coverage of his trial in 1961 and her book Eichmann in Jerusalem, Adolf Eichmann is remembered mostly for her famous catchphrase, "the banality of evil".

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Publishers Weekly

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To the Israeli prosecutor who interrogated him in 1961, Adolf Eichmann was a fanatical anti-Semite and a central figure in the annihilation of the Jews.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote that “great cases, like hard cases, make bad law.” The Eichmann trial, which continued from April 11 to August 14, 1961, certainly qualifies as both a great case and a hard case;

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Bookmarks Magazine

However, the trial's place in history has largely been dominated by the writings of Hannah Arendt, who covered the proceedings for the New Yorker (the essay that resulted included the famous phrase "the banality of evil.") Though not merely a refutation of Arendt, Lipstadt's book aims to provide ...

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The New York Review of Books

I would agree with Tony Judt that the controversy about Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann book [NYR, April 6] was “absurd,” if the object of his judgment was merely the meeting called by Dissent, and in which I regret to say I took part, to debate Ms.

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Arts Fuse

In Denying the Holocaust, she had characterized David Irving, a popular British writer and historian, as “the world’s leading Holocaust denier.” When asked why “he had eliminated all references to the Holocaust from a new edition of his book on Hitler,” Irving replied, “If something didn’t happen...

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