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Unformatted text preview: GETR 342 Brent Fiorito Response Paper 2/18/08 Banality of Evil: A Frightful Reality Hannah Arendts book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil provides a controversial yet insightful look at the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel for his activities within the Nazi party during World War II. The central thesis of this book is focused on the banality of evil which she expresses in a fantastic and frightful way. Arendt aimed to show Eichmann in a different light than we view most Nazis because of their horrible Final Solution to the Jewish Problem beginning in 1941. She clearly illustrates Eichmanns personality, mannerisms and personal beliefs which are nothing less than normal human behavior. This proves stunning to many people due to Eichmanns conscious involvement in the emigration and shipping of millions of Jews to death camps all over Europe during the last four years of the war. For some, it is hard to believe that a person with no hatred towards the Jewish people, or any people he sent...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIUS 342 taught by Professor Achilles during the Spring '08 term at UVA.
- Spring '08