Pin-Up eCrimes or crimes against humanityArendt offers a combination of reportage and critical analysis of her subject Adolf Eichmann and the context in which he performed his diabolical work It is a story that we all assume we know if only because the phrases and wordsbanality ofvil holocaust genocide and crimes against humanity have become such commonplace descriptions in a world that has grown too familiar and so too indifference to horrible acts committed to advance one ideology or political party or anotherIt s always important to return to the source to understand an author s thesis and this slender book nables us to look closely at the man and the Officer as well as those who gave and who followed his orders In this context it s also important to understand the volution of the Nazi s Final SolutionAnti Semitism may have been at the center of the Nazi ideology but genocide was not a given nor was a machine put in motion in 1933 when Hitler took power There were precedents to the mass murder of Jews and it s important to keep in mind that Jews were neither the first put to death nor sent to concentration camps Arendt s story and analysis is a helpful corrective to the sentimental fairytale told by Steven Spielberg s Schindler s List Evil was far less pervasive and considerably seductive and complex than the usual representations Schindler s List Evil was far less pervasive and considerably seductive and complex than the usual representations the perpetrators of Shoah If I understand Arendt correctly the Nazi
discovered through trial and The Favorite Daughter error than analytics the means to accomplish theirnds But the famous machine is less apt than I previously thought The whole spectrum of human attributes and ualities were necessary put into place by 1000s of people across the political social and religious spectrum made Eichmann the committed and successful bureaucrat he proved to be Which is to say that Eichmann could not have famously been just a cog in the machine if the machine however Rube Goldbergesue was not in place and maintained in a surprisingly slipshod manner And maintained ironically as much by the victims as by the perpetrators of the Holocaust as Arendt without blaming the victims makes clear She suggests that perhaps as many of half the victims of Shoah would have survived had they not participated in their own Fitness for Geeks exterminationAnother importantlement of the book which still resonates today involves the controversy of the Trial itself It is a legitimate uestion to ask Did the State of Israel have the right to try and judge sentence and xecute Eichmann While acknowledging the man was a criminal and guilty of terrible crimes she asks us to contemplate what were the natures of Eichmann s crimes Crimes against the Jews or crimes against humanity or crimes against his conscience Yes she concludes the court in Jerusalem succeeded in in fulfilling the demands of justice but it did so without providing an unambiguous process that would help us to seek and deliver justice in the future The proof of This Is How We Find is how we find today limited to metaphors such as regime change to liminate uncooperative or failed states or to firing missiles from drones to kill those deemed by those in power a threat to our way of life A very good and important book a shorter version of Arend t Eichmann in Jerusalem It shows how dangerous non thinking can be Interesting book about the trial of adolf ichmann who was responsible for the jettison of Jews from Austria if i Understood correctly and then for the mass movement of Jews to concentration camps in the ast specially The book touches on his trail near the nd although it s a short book He was hung but claimed to have been following orders at all times The Most remarkable thIng I learnt was the involvement of higher ranking and common jews in the ghettos and the concentration camps themselves One line says that if the common Jews hadn t blindly trusted leaders in the ghettos then maybe the number of deaths would not have been as high Gets very philosophical at times as well Challenging but I Naked Choke enjoyed it. D one man's insistence that he be absolved all guilt because he was 'only following orders'. Eichmann and the Holocaust is a book based onxcerpts from a five part article Hannah Arendt wrote for The New Yorker In 1963 She Reported in 1963 She reported the trial of the German Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Israel He was found guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes leading to his Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good execution in 1962Eichmann was one of the chief organizers of the Holocaust He was involved first with the forcedmigration or Murder at the Mansion expulsion of the Jews from Austria Later he organized the deportation of the Jews to Poland where they were shot or sent to concentration camps to await the gas chambers in Poland and Hungary His reason for doing this seemed to be a desire to raise in rank in the Nazi organization a career move as a transportation administrator ofxtermination He said he was following orders Eichmann lived in Argentina under a false identity after World War II He was ventually captured by Israeli agents in 1960 and tried in Jerusalem There were uestions about the legality of his capture by kidnapping and about his trial which was not in an international courtThe material presented in this book about the trial was good and thought provoking But background information was really needed specially about his time in Argentina and a few pages of biographical information on Eichmann would have made it a better book I found myself getting details from the Internet Perhaps that information was in the author s longer book Eichmann in Jerusalem A Report on the Banality of Evil Hard to Seductive Surrender escape a sort of double vision with this one reading it with a vague half knowledge of the banality ofvil argument and a vague half knowledge that Eichmann might have been a lot less banal and a lot Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, evil than Arendt apparently thought he was Because Arendt doesn t directly advance a philosophical argument she s at pains to state she is just covering one trial of one man it makes it harder to draw conclusions of whether there s a deeper meaning to her character study of one man and one trial if the author was mistaken as to the character of the man It s a compelling read though and I think thislement of doubt nhances rather than undermines the interest in reading it For me the most surprising thing to come out of this little volume was the admission that the Jews had cooperated and participated in their own destruction The the Jewish Councils Judenratregistered and selected the victims for deportation and the Jewish police rounded up the reluctant victimsAs for Eichmann himself what can you say that has not already been saidHannah Arendt addresses the other issue namely what sort of crime is this Genocide is the term that was coined at N rnberg but I am inclined to agree that administrative massacre is closer to the truthIts not often that such a small volume provokes such interest Excellent This is a history politics thics and jurisprudence melange that makes a lot of sense The account is centred on Arendt s reporting of the trial of Eichmann one makes a lot of sense The account is centred on Arendt s reporting of the trial of Eichmann one the prominent actors in the Third Reich s Final Solution in Israel The issues touched include many uite important ones that can hardly fit in such a small volume Going from the telling of many of the details of how the trial went to the personality and behaviour of Eichmann who appears to be inconsistent and lacking in any accurate memory as well as forthcoming and clear about his role to the collaboration and facilitation of the deportation to death camps that was xtensively done by the Jewish leaders to the relevance and appropriateness of holding the trial in Israel In by the Jewish leaders to the relevance and appropriateness of holding the trial in Israel In process I find it uite intriguing how well argued she is specially on parts that relate to nature of the crimes committed by a state the guilt that can be assigned to people following orders the sovereignty the state deserves when it is committing crimes against humanity statelessness and the need for an international criminal tribunal Much of those arguments are accepted as a norm today but I suppose they were still uite controversial in her time This is a Inspired by the trial of a bureaucrat who helped cause the Holocaust this radical work on Ascinating account of the trial of Eichmann and his apparent motivations in nabling the Holocaust but I don t recommend Eichmann and his apparent motivations in nabling the Holocaust but I don t recommend as an introduction to the topic Arendt references a lot of other books articles and vents and without a solid understanding of the Holocaust and related arguments of its causes and history this book can be tough to understand At least it was for meBut it s still a troubling story of how under the right circumstances a person can be utterly blind to the unspeakable right circumstances a person can be utterly blind to the unspeakable they are committing Nothing s as hot when you re ating it as when
s discovered through trial and Loyal to His Lies error than analytics the means to accomplish theirnds But the famous machine
"It S Cooking The Failure "s cooking The failure that piece of conventional wisdom to predict the Holocaust to predict the way history would unfold cuts to the awful core of what those average men bad men but not monsters rather mediocre because that lets us all off the hook terrifying is to speculate that many of them would have been regarded as good men acted in form to the way that Eichmann the cliche spouter the bureaucrat the banal vildoer does This happened because of our ability to keep going to filter out to disregard in order to overcome and faithfully triumph It happened because millions of regular Germans kept their heads down and focused on what they could comprehend day in and day out not the normity before which words and action seem to fail The capacity to reduce xistence to the commonplace just doing my job there s a war on Elders of Zion it s worse in Russia is the only way to reconcile a faith in the human drive toward benevolence and cooperation with the Final Solution Arendt s words show us just how culpable we all are that none are truly innocent before such travesty this is vital ven today This is a collection of xcerpts from the complete Eichmann in Jerusalem The Banality of Evil and I may just have to read the whole thing Rarely have you met such balanced a reporter considering she supposedly before leaving for Jerusalem to report from the trial of Adolf Eichmann said I need to see the man who almost got meThere is no doubt about the involvement in orchestrating the finer logistical details of the Holocaust The interesting part which Hannah Arendt touches upon is if it was vil just for the sake of vil or Eichmann as he claimed was an overzealous bureaucrat proud of his achievements and just taking orders The many hours of interrogation before the trial clearly pointed to that but also to a person willing to deposit any piece of conscience with the devil he may had leftWhile never uestioning the blame Hanna Arendt points a lot of contributing factors A country misled and kept in fear for the conseuences of not joining the party socioeconomic factors and the slow upbuilding of an us versus them atmosphere Hanna Arendt wants to draw a full circle and she wants justice done but justice based on the purest of principles as humanity cannot afford to fall into the same trap as Eichmann distributing life and death bureaucraticallyThus she also argues that an international court would have been preferable as the Jewish state as the offended part would never be able to administer justice upon the defendant Not surprisingly her philosophical thoughts did create furore some claimed that she actually defended Eichmann by declaring him a scapegoat and some accused her for abandoning and neglecting her Jewish roots Nevertheless she managed to put the spotlight on what later would be known as The Banality of EvilIt took great courage to dig so deeply into human nature trying to analyse the crime as well as the aftermath and I tip my hat to Hannah Arendt for not letting hate and anger be the only feelings governing her report from the trial in Jerusalem Eichmann and the Holocaust is an important read if only because the book assembled from Arendt s Reporter at Large A five part article commissioned by The New Yorker and xcerpted from her comprehensive Eichmann in Jerusalem A Report on the Banality of Evil reminds us that we have not in half a century come to terms with the nature of war. He banality of vil stunned the world with its xploration of a regime's moral blindness an.