Arendt Eichmann and Anti-Semitism

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Arendt, Eichmann and Anti-Semitism Introduction: The Holocaust invokes a great many emotions based on the scale of the atrocities committed and the degree of hatred that both allowed them to occur and that remained embedded in world culture thereafter. This is why the trial of Adolph Eichmann, which laid out the extent of crimes committed by the Nazis and which levied them against the alleged architect of the Final Solution, would promote so much debate. In spite of the obviation that the Jewish people had a right to seek justice for the roughly six million that perished in European concentration camps, the use of Eichmann as an avatar and the nature of the trials themselves would invoke criticism. The most noted of this criticism is that offered by Hannah Arendt's 1963 examination, Eichmann in Jerusalem: The Banality of Evil. Discussion: The text is noted for its sharp criticism of the tactics used to embody the whole of the Nazi party's crimes in the form of one seemingly meek bureaucrat. However, the text is also the subject of considerable criticism itself for a tone that seems both to minimize the Jewish suffering in the Holocaust and to purposively gloss over the truly determinant role played by Eichmann in the implementation of the Final Solution. Indeed, though Arendt is highly critical of the tribunal, she does recognize in quoting the prosecution in the trial that Eichmann had not only escaped judgment by evading the Nuremberg Trials implemented by Allied

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