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Far from being evil incarnate, as the prosecution painted Eichmann, Arendt maintains that he was an average man, a petty bureaucrat interested only in furthering his career, and the evil he did came from the seductive power of the totalitarian state and an unthinking adherence to the Nazi cause. Indeed, Eichmann's only defense during the trial was "I was just following orders."
Arendt's analysis of the seductive nature of evil is a disturbing one. We would like to think that anyone who would perpetrate such horror on the world is different from us, and that such atrocities are rarities in our world. But the history of groups such as the Jews, Kurds, Bosnians, and Native Americans, to name but a few, seems to suggest that such evil is all too commonplace. In revealing Eichmann as the pedestrian little man that he was, Arendt shows us that the veneer of civilization is a thin one indeed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hannah Arendt's controversial report on the trial of Adolph Eichmann is one that refuses to view the event in black and white terms meaning that Eichmann is to be seen as a... Read morePublished 28 days ago by A. Omelianchuk
I am a big fun for Arendt and I have read almost all of her articles.
This article not only showed how her wonderful literary was and expressed her great humanism mind.
Brilliant and incisive writing from a woman truly 'of the mind'. And I saw it after the recent movie, which was also challenging and rewarding. Read morePublished 1 month ago by loretta johnson
I was inspired to read this book after watching the movie "Hannah Arendt." It is such a profoundly historical as well as philosophical book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick Kaspar
Not easy reading, but well worthwhile. While the trial was happening, I heard and read bits and pieces. Now I am glad I got the whole story.Published 1 month ago by Msgr. Charles Quinn