Arendt review sheet without answers Fall 2019.pdf - Arendt Review Questions 1 Why does Arendt believe that we misunderstand the importance of the

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Arendt Review Questions 1. Why does Arendt believe that we misunderstand the importance of the Holocaust if we view it exclusively as a crime against the Jewish people? a. Because initially Eichmann and other Nazis preferred to deport the Jews and killing Jews was not their initial goal. b. Because only the choice of victims, not the unprecedented nature of the crime, could be derived from the long history of Jew-hatred. c. Because Eichmann also contributed to the immigration of so many Jews to Palestine, where they proved essential in building the state of Israel. d. Because the crime of murder and the crime of genocide are essentially the same. 2. Why is the banality of evil “word-and-thought-defying” in Arendt’s view? a. Because understanding a monumental event like the Holocaust always defies explanation. b. Because banality is such a taken-for-granted part of modern life. c. Because the banality of evil refers to an absence, a vacuum, so our own thought lacks a clear-cut object to grasp and analyze.
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