Friday, May 11, 2007

Adolf Eichmann's Day In Court

I was at the Library of Congress today doing some research for a relative who's writing a book on the Hannah Arendt papers. Arendt was political theorist whose best-known work was "Eichmann in Jerusalem," a book that was controversial to many for its portrayal of the former SS Obersturmbannf├╝hrer as just another cog in the malevolent machine that was Nazi Germany. It was in this work that she coined the term "the banality of evil."

Among the documents in the collection was Eichmann's appeal , filed by his lawyers to the Supreme Court of Israel in 1962. Pretty dark stuff:

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