Summary Of Hannah Arendt's Eichmann In Jerusalem

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The book; Eichmann in Jerusalem: A report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt presents the various irregularities of authority and procedures to render a legal judgment in the trail of Eichmann. Moreover, in this paper, I will be discussing the question of whether justice was attainable in the case Adolf Eichmann, also, I will further examine and outline the strengths and limitations of achieving justice in such cases. As well as outline the meaning of the phrase “Banality of evil”. Lastly, I will mention a few lessons that can be driven from this book report and explain why this report may still resonate in today’s society.
The "Epilogue" chapter of the Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on The Banality of Evil by; Hannah Arendt focuses
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In essence, the genocide of the Jews controlled by the Nazi regime was a crime against the human status, a felony; in other words, a crime which another humanity alongside his community. However, she contends that the courts in Jerusalem did not understand the distinctions between, crimes of discrimination, expulsion, genocide and most importantly crime against humanity. As a result, Arendt affirms that the “Jewish judges were judging in their cause’’ (pg. 269). Under those circumstances, legal procedures were was not respected. Because according to ‘’the intent and the purpose of the criminal was not taken into consideration’’. (pg. 256). Nevertheless, Despite all the irregularities that occurred within the trail justice was ultimately obtained in the court because the trial’s "main purpose--to prosecute and to defend, to judge and to punish Adolf Eichmann--was achieved" (pg. …show more content…
278). Given that, Arendt affirms that his failure to remember so many things made it even harder for the prosecutors to consider that he was normal. Given these points, it is agreeable to affirm that Eichmann’s own failure to display the Kant’s structure of thinking that made him look banal. Because his lack of capacity to think independently, speak and communicate under Nazi regime power that led to his crimes. Moreover, from the standpoint of the public, this also showed his inability to think generally. Hence the reason to why Arendt describes this as “thoughtlessness.” Furthermore, Arendt explains, the term “banality” as way to describe the specific character of Eichmann. Stating that he simply “lacked conscience and was unaware of what he was doing.”(pg. 240). In essence by calling a crime against humanity "banal," Arendt was trying to point to the manner in which the offense had become for the criminals accepted and implemented without any moral and political resistance. According, to Arendt what had become banal on the trail of Eichmann was his inability to think. Consequently, that in itself for Arendt is genocidal and be considered as “evil”. Nevertheless, Arendt not only focuses on Eichmann's inability to think as his ultimate

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