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Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
Original title Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
Author Hannah Arendt
Genre Drama
Language English
Published 1963
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The book, “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil” is a book by Hannah Arendt. The book is a report on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, who was a Nazi officer during World War II. Arendt was a German-born Jewish thinker who had been living in the United States since 1941. She observed the trial in Jerusalem and her book is based on her observations. The book was published in 1963 and caused a great deal of controversy. Arendt’s argument was that Eichmann was not a monster, but rather a banal bureaucrat who was just doing his job. This argument was controversial because it suggested that the Holocaust was not the result of evil, but rather the result of a system that dehumanized people and made them capable of great evil.

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To what extent was Hitler Solely responsible for the Holocaust?
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