Eichmann in Jerusalem
A report on the banality of evil

Arendt, Hannah
Publisher:  Macmillan and Company, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1965   First Published:  1963
Pages:  312pp  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX7400

Hannah Arendt's report on the trial of Adolph Eichmann.

Abstract:  Eichman in Jerusalem is a report of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, covered by Hannah Arendt, first in The New Yorker and later in this book. Arguably the "architect of the holocaust", Eichmann was responsible for sending millions of people to ghettos and extermination camps in Nazi-controlled Europe. Although Eichmann claimed to have simply been following orders, his judges found him guilty for crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership in an outlawed organization. He was convicted on 15 counts and received the death sentence. This book describes the trial and its outcome in great detail.

The report is of more than just the character and trial of one man, but unearths as much information as possible about the crimes of the Nazis. As the events of the Holocaust were revealed it was clear that he had orchestrated the genocide of the Jewish people. According to Arendt, and as revealed in the trial, Eichmann was involved in developing the three stages of "solving the Jewish question": expulsion, concentration and killing. The "Final Solution" of sending Jews to extermination camps was managed and organized by Eichmann, and the history of his actions is reported in this book.

In this trial, the world hoped to find answers for the atrocities committed by the Nazis. Televised almost world-wide, the event sought justice for the Jewish people and understanding for the rest of the world.

[Abstract by Mia Manns]



Table of Contents

Note to the Reader

I. The House of Justice
II. The Accused
III. An Expert on the Jewish Question
IV. The First Solution: Expulsion
V. The Second solution: Concentration
VI. The Final Solution: Killing
VII. The Wannsee Conference, or Pontius Pilate
VIII. Duties of a Law-Abiding Citizen
IX. Deportations from the Reich¾Germany, Austria, and the Protectorate
X. Deportations from Western Europe¾France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Italy
XI. Deportations from the Balkans¾Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Greece, Rumania
XII. Deportations from Central Europe¾Hungary and Slovakia
XIII. The Killing Centers in the East
XIV. Evidence and Witnesses
XV. Judgment, Appeal, and Execution

Epilogue
Postscript
Bibliography
Index

Subject Headings


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