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Sparking a flurry of heated debate, Hannah Arendt’s authoritative and stunning report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared as a series of articles in the New Yorker in 1963. 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.

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  • “Narrator Wanda McCaddon brings a cultured British slant to the narrative, sometimes gently delivering various European accents while moving forward calmly and rationally.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/13/2014

    " Perfect sentences with a ridiculous amount of insight. It's like she can take an extra large step back the rest of us can't, allowing her to see a bigger picture. Her logic is almost completely undeniable, making her thesis that much more devastating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Noel | 2/13/2014

    " The notion of bureaucracy isolating and dehumanizing the individual coupled with the inability to adjust (philosophically) conventional conceptions of morality with what can be deemed the negative "potentiality" of action . . . holy god. to turn it inward and suspect your own cowardice is an important exercise in a time when we are getting further and further removed from responsibility and community. This will stay timely. It's a direction we've already moved towards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yelidaza | 2/5/2014

    " This reminds us that we us human beings must be responsable of our action and the think of oneself and of the other when we decide to act. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tony | 1/29/2014

    " Arendt, Hannah. EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM: A Report on the Banality of Evil. (1963). ****. This is really a five-star book, but the tortuous porse of Arendt makes many of the sections almost impossible to read with any comfort. This account of the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem in 1961 and 1962 first appeared serially in The New Yorker magazine in a shorter form. The book appeared right after those articles were published. After the war, Eichmann escaped to Italy, where he was helped by a Franciscan priest and the ODESSA organization to flee to Argentina. He lived in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires for several years under an assumed name, but ultimately sent for his wife and children, who joined him there. In May of 1960, he was kidnapped by agents of the Israeli government and flown by a special El Al flight back to Israel. Prime Minister Ben-Gurian was the prime mover in this process. His trial began in April of 1961. His defense counsel was the same used by many of the defendants at Nuremburg, a Dr. Silvestri. Final judgement was reached in December of that year. Eichmann was convicted on all fifteen counts of the indictment. Articles 1 – 4 covered crimes against the Jewish people. Articles 5 – 12 covered crimes against humanity. Articles 13 – 15 covered his membership in “criminal” organizations, including the S.S. and the Gestapo. Eichmann had a brief appeal, but the appeal was denied. He was hanged on May 31, 1962. Arendt’s account of the trial is preceded by a history of Eichmann’s life up to his achieving his high position in the Nazi Party. She does a little psychological pseudo-analysis throughout on Eichmann and the minds of the Jewish people. She tries to maintain a high moral tone throughout the chronicle, and she does so by emulating the three Israeli judges, who were paragons of moral neutrality. There were obviously several agendas here at the trial, and Arendt tries to explain all of them. She ends up her account with her famous conclusion: “...just as you supported and carried out a policy of not wanting to share the earth with Jewish people and people of a number of other nations – as though you and your superiors had any right to determine who should and who should not inhabit the world – we find that no one, that is, no member of the human race, can be expected to share the earth with you. This is the reason, and the only reason, you must hang.” This book is a penetrating report and analysis of Eichmann’s trial and should be read by anyone interested in the events of the period. Highly recommended. "

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About the Author
Author Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was born in Hanover, Germany, fled to Paris in 1933, and came to the United States after the outbreak of World War II. She was 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.