Hannah arendts portrayal of the terrible consequences of blind obedience eichmann in jerusalem a report on the banality of evil contains an introduction by amos elon in penguin classics sparking a flurry of heated debate hannah arendts authoritative and stunning report on the trial of german nazi ss leader adolf eichmann first appeared as a series of articles in the new yorker in 1963. However arendt examines the banality of evil thus concluding that neither eichmann nor the germans were entirely responsible for these attrocities instead she spreads the guilt to others as well including the jewish communities that cooperated with the nazi authorities much to the disgust of many jews her intelligent argument points out that the holocaust was not a phenomenon that can only be ascribed to the immensely evil eichmann or german people because they were passive sheep . Eichmann in jerusalem a report on the banality of evil penguin classics arendt hannah elon amos on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers eichmann in jerusalem a report on the banality of evil penguin classics. As for the portrayal and assessment of eichmanns character arendt saw in him the embodiment of what she called the banality of evil he is depicted as an ordinary man that was only interested in his own career and had little empathy for others this view of him has been contested since then but the question is why it should even matter. Eichmann in jerusalem a report on the banality of evil penguin classics von arendt hannah beim zvabcom isbn 10 0143039881 isbn 13 9780143039884 penguin classics 2006 softcover
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