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Eichmann In Jerusalem Lecture Dr. R. Servatius Psychology of denial. He participated in ripping people out of their communities. In his way of talking about himself, he used winged words (pg. 48) (cliches). He used simple phrases that he would tell to himself that made it seem like what he was doing was profound or philosophical; he saw himself as a public servant doing his duty and helping people. He’s living in a bubble of his own imagination. He’s in a dreamlike state. It requires e ff ort to be blind to what’s going on, since people are born to think. Arendt says that he’s not stupid, but he is thoughtless. He is clever and good at his job, and works hard, and is a good bureaucrat, but he is thoughtless. Moral talk (Kant) used to cover up politics. Cliches were his sign of his inability to think. He only speaks bureaucratic jargon. He speaks indirectly. Pg. 51. Mr. Stor ff er realized what was going on, and tried to flee Germany. He didn't want to continue to collaborate with the Nazi. He asked Eichmann for help, who goes to visit him, and got him to do light labour instead of hard labour. He speaks to him very casually. Eichmann was part of a context. In that was a lot of universal cliches which the Germans believed in. Eichmann said that he would jump into his grave laughing, for having defended Germany against its enemy when its life was in danger. Eichmann has no remorse, he thought he was doing a good thing, and therefore had no regrets. How can you be a good person when you don’t love your neighbour as yourself? Judges were confused about whether Eichmann was confessing his guilt or not. It was like talking to a wall. Arendt said that Eichmann is not a monster, he’s a clown, and that’s what made him more terrifying. His evil was di ff erent. The banality of evil. The evil of thoughtlessness. The refusal to see things from other points of view. The narrowness of conscience.

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