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1. EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM: A REPORT ON THE BANALITY OF EVIL. HANNAH ARENDT. On May 11, , at in the evening, Adolf. HANNAH ARENDT, IN Eichmann in Jerusalem, made a controversial assessment of . the work of H. Nilsson-Ehle (working with cereal grains) and E. M. East. Free download of Eichman in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt. Available in PDF, ePub and site. Read, write reviews and more.
However, by attempting to take the land allocated to the Jews by force, they placed their own fate in the hands of their enemies. Moreover, by beginning the war with attacks on civilian targets, they made it legitimate for their enemies to do so as well.
These are wars of survival, not wars over a city or province or two.
If you initiate such a war, then you must accept the outcome if you lose and not complain about how mean and evil the other side was for doing what was necessary to survive. You never explain what the Jews should have done in when their communities came under attack. Bursting with French and Czech arms, all militarized and totally covered by the British even while murdering their personnel. Yee ha. Who by? Mr Balfour and the rest of HMG? When was it theirs to give away? There is no allocation: the Palestinians rejected the partition proposal.
I want to come into your house, allocate myself all the house minus a Weitz quota in the septic tank then shoot you dead for not accepting it. When do we start? Does your Ziobubble Academy teach that it all starts in 47? Why, were the Jews directly involved?
That is news! I know that the part of my family who lived in Palestine refused to accept Zionism and had to move out when it started to overfill with the barbarian Zionist riffraff. There was, however, no problem for the Palestinian Jews.
Poor little defenceless armed bandits, with all the armaments salvaged from all Europe and the money of all the big bankers and the US, confronted to the shoe-throwing big bad Ayrabs!
No need to even ask: what should they have done?
Go back to their own countries, duh! The very moment they were told they were no longer welcome. Also the whole thought and planning zionists had given to how to get rid of Arabs from Palestine in the decades before Well I guess neggy had to chime in with some justification for mass murder and ethnic cleansing.
It would not be at all difficult for you to pull up the events in chronological order and to realize that you are mistaken. Attacks on Jews began again immediately following the UN vote for partition and were not preceded by Jewish attacks on Arab communities.
Benny Morris states that the Arabs were initially even winning during the first few months and that the Jews were rather demoralized. Donald on May 26, , pm Neggy is just another partisan who uses morality when it helps his position and ignores it when it does not. Its not hard to pull up the events in chronological order but they prove that lyn is right and neggy is wrong.
Quelle surprise! Arab representatives walk out of Assembly. November Haganah calls up all Jews in Palestine aged 17 to 25 to register for military service. December: Haganah emissaries in Czechoslovakia reach agreement with Skoda arms firm on supply of arms. Haganah launches Plan Gimmel, designed to destabilize Palestinian population and occupy strategic positions in country.
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My note: Plan Gimmel was formulated in May December 2: Palestinians begin three-day strike protesting UN partition resolution. Intercommunal clashes result in death of eight Jews and six Palestinians. December 5: U. State Department announces U. December Irgun carries out five raids on Palestinian residential areas in Jerusalem, Jaffa, and village of Tireh Haifa district , killing 21 Palestinian civilians and wounding 67 others. December Haganah attacks village of Khisas Safed district , killing ten Palestinians.
December Haganah attacks village of Qazaza Ramleh district. December Irgunist grenade attack on Palestinian workers in Haifa refinery kills 6 and wounds In reprisal, workers kill 41 Jewish refinery workers. Haganah then attacks village of Balad-al-Sheikh, near Haifa, killing 17 Palestinians and inuring Abd al-Qadir al-Husseini, Palestinian guerrilla commander, secretly returns to Jerusalem after ten-year exile to organize resistance to partition.
I highly recommend reading the whole chronology to get a sense of the timeline. It included Arab snipers firing at Jewish houses, pedestrians, and traffic, as well as planting bombs and mines along urban and rural paths and roads. It very clearly shows they were thugs and murderers, rather like the SA or SS.
It demonstrates that it took years of Arab attacks on Jewish communities before the Irgun undertook a policy of reprisals with attacks on Arab communities. The Irgun was not devoted to carrying out the aims of Zionism through violence?
And all under cover of Judaism, too. One of the most disgusting acts of religious fraud carried out in a long time. That puts them up their with the SA in my book. With a quick perusal I find the list you linked to be slanted, incomplete, and erroneous in places.
First off, their designation of responsible party is partisan in some instances. Despite the Zionist myth making regarding Trumpeldor, the dispute was about the killing of Palestinian-owned cattle by Jewish convoys to Tel Hai, and the demand for compensation by the owners. Your list fails to mention the greater loss of civilian life in September , when Italian bombers caused the death of when retreating from British counter-attack and dropped their bombs over Tel Aviv, or the 40 deaths from Italian bombs in Haifa in July, and the 44 additional deaths in Haifa in another September, bombing.
And as for the Irgun website, I think I perused it several years ago. Not for its factual content. I doubt it has little. But I was fascinated with the mindset that excused terror, violence and extortion as moral attributes.
It clearly shows their criminal practices, their extortion of Jews, and their unprovoked attacks against Palestinians during the time that you claimed they only attack the British: September 14, , Jaffa.
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Jewish terrorists robbed three banks in Jaffa and Tel Aviv, killing three Arabs. Thirty-six Jews were arrested. October 2, , Tel Aviv. British military units and police seized 50 Jews in a Tel Aviv cafe after a Jewish home was blown up. This home belonged to a Jewish woman who had refused to pay extortion money to the Irgun terrorist gang.
November 9 through November 13, , Palestine. Nineteen persons, eleven British soldiers and policemen and eight Arab constables, were killed in Palestine during this period as Jewish terrorists, using land mines and suitcase bombs, increased their attacks on railroad stations, trains and even streetcars.
January 2, , Palestine. A wave of terror swept Palestine as Jewish terrorists staged bombings and machine gun attacks in five cities. Casualties were low. Homemade flame-throwers were used in several cases. Pamphlets seized warned that the Irgun had again declared war against the British and Arabs of Palestine.
March 10, , Haifa. A Jew, suspected of being an informer, was murdered by Jewish terrorists. In some respects, the lessons were superfluous, and in others they were positively misleading. Not only has their conviction of the eternal and ubiquitous nature of anti-Semitism been the most potent ideological factor in the Zionist involvement since the Dreyfus Affair; it must also have been the cause of the otherwise inexplicable readiness of the German-Jewish community to negotiate with the Nazi authorities during the early stages of the regime.
This conviction produced a fatal inability to distinguish between friend and foe; the German Jews underestimated their enemies because they somehow thought that all Gentiles were alike. But the sad truth of the matter is that the point was ill taken, for no non-Jewish group or non-Jewish people had behaved differently. And it is not for nothing.
It is not gratuitously, out of sheer sadism, that the S. They know that the system which succeeds in destroying its victim before he mounts the scaffold. In submission.
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Nothing is more terrible than these processions of human beings going like dummies to their death. Four hundred and thirty Jews were arrested in reprisal, and they were literally tortured to death, being sent first to Buchenwald and then to the Austrian camp of Mauthausen. Month after month, they died a thousand deaths, and every single one of them would have envied his brethren in Auschwitz had he known about them. There exist many things considerably worse than death, and the S.
In this respect, perhaps even more significantly than in others, the deliberate attempt in Jerusalem to tell only the Jewish side of the story distorted the truth, even the Jewish truth.
The glory of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto and the heroism of the few others who fought back lay precisely in their having refused the comparatively easy death that the Nazis offered them—before the firing squad or in the gas chamber. Along with other departmental heads, he had once been introduced to the Mufti during a reception at an S. Documents produced by the prosecution showed that the Mufti had been in close contact with the German Foreign Office and with Himmler, but this was nothing new.
Hence, the relationship between the two countries, and particularly the personal relationship between Ben-Gurion and Adenauer, has been quite good, and if, as an aftermath of the trial, some deputies in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, succeeded in imposing certain restraints on the cultural-exchange program with West Germany, this certainly was not hoped for, or even foreseen, by Ben-Gurion.
The results were amazing. Although evidence against these five had been published in Germany years before, in books and magazine articles, not one of them had found it necessary to live under an assumed name.
For the first time since the close of the war, German newspapers were full of stories about trials of Nazi criminals—all of them mass murderers—and the reluctance of the local courts to prosecute these crimes still showed itself in the fantastically lenient sentences meted out to those convicted. Thus, Dr. Hunsche, who was personally responsible for a last-minute deportation of some twelve hundred Hungarian Jews, of whom at least six hundred were killed, received a sentence of five years of hard labor; Dr.
Otto Bradfisch, of the Einsatzgruppen, the mobile killing units of the S. Among the new arrests were people of great prominence under the Nazis, most of whom had already been denazified by the German courts. One was S. He still awaits trial. Occasional harsh sentences were even less reassuring, for they were meted out to offenders like Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, a former S.
Neither indictment mentioned that Bach-Zelewski had been anti-partisan chief on the Russian front or that he had participated in the Jewish massacres at Minsk and Mogilev, in White Russia.
And is it possible that what was an unusually harsh sentence for a German postwar court was arrived at because Bach-Zelewski was among the very few Nazi leaders who had tried to protect Jews from the Einsatzgruppen, suffered a nervous breakdown after the mass killings, and testified for the prosecution in Nuremberg?
He was also the only such leader who in had denounced himself publicly for mass murder, but he was never prosecuted for it.
It has been estimated that of the eleven thousand five hundred judges in the Bundesrepublik, five thousand were active in the courts under the Hitler regime. The former Higher S. He was accused of participation in, and partial responsibility for, the murder of forty thousand Jews in Poland. After more than six weeks of detailed testimony, the prosecutor demanded the maximum penalty—a life sentence, to be served at hard labor.
And the court sentenced him to four years, two and a half of which he had already served while waiting in jail. Nevertheless, there can be no doubt that the Eichmann trial had its deepest and most far-reaching consequences in Germany.
The individuality of their thought influences German officers to think in essentially human terms too. Here Arendt dramatizes the effect of individual critical thinking upon the community, the polis. In light of essen- tial human moral principles, the disguise of toughness never becomes dif- fuse enough to pervert reality; instead, the disguise falls off and the role that those in Denmark, even German officials, play becomes that of being human.
But opposition also becomes perverted in the Nazi regime. Such is the fate of all men. Long live Germany, long live Argentina, long live Austria.
Instead of going out in a fury, he leaves un-diabolically The farewell is so trite that it foils the hope for catharsis in any witnesses. Eichmann cheats us out of the satisfaction of revenge by remaining thoughtless in his last moments, even contradicting himself when he claims not to believe in life after death and then promising the invisible gentleman of his life that they will all meet again.
All of the ironies that Arendt explores throughout the book culminate upon the gal- 58 J N T lows. An unspectacular man commits spectacular crimes. A spectacular court judges an unspectacular man. Yet, the gulf between the spectacular and the banal has even deeper ironies. The court fails to understand Eich- mann because they emphasize the spectacle of evil in the wrong place: his actions, not his conscience.
Paradoxically, the court should investigate the spectacular aspect of his particularly unspectacular mind. As a result, it could better understand his actions in light of his conscience and give a more satisfactory completion to the drama.
The criminal makes the same critique of the court as Arendt! The narrative forces the reader to think through what the phrase means and how the narrative defines it. A story should not define its own meaning; the meaning must be interpreted.
The crux of the narrative forces the reader to reposition his or her own thought process and to think through the dark gaps in history and human nature. An individual must transmit the knowledge that he or she gains into a plurality in order for narratives to perpetuate. In articulating her judgment, Arendt makes herself a character within the drama.
By putting her remarks in quotes, she imparts a validity to her claims that is not apparent within the rest of the narrative. The quotes set her judgment aside as her authentic voice as though Arendt needs to drop the disguise of a disinterested polit- ical theoretician.
Her identity—which is not always disinterested and flickers in and out of her historical narrative—now comes into crystal clear focus. The reader suddenly recognizes that Eichmann in Jerusalem is a stage on which she dramatizes her intellectual assertions. Like a character in a drama, Arendt forces us to identify with her, turning us into judging spectators.
She comes to know his conscience for so long that she must purge Eichmann from her psyche. At first, her judgment may seem to foil the whole enterprise of understanding the conscience of the man behind the crime—after all is said and done, Arendt too wants the man to rot in hell—but the narrative is more complex than that. Now that she has critically engaged Eichmann, she feels justified to execute him a second time—authorial license at its most risky.
She reveals herself as a character in her own narrative, improvises a part, attempts to rewrite his- tory, and allows for her own emotional release. And that ever since I did it, I feel—after twenty years—light hearted about the whole 60 J N T matter. The critical thinking that she en- acts becomes an example of the type of thinking in which she hopes others will engage in the future by discovering language and discourse through which to understand and to cope with the Holocaust, or any other seem- ingly inexplicable period in history.
McCarthy nearly defines the experience of catharsis in her response to reading Eich- mann in Jerusalem: To me Eichmann in Jerusalem, despite all the horrors in it, was morally exhilarating.
A plethora of books has been written speculating upon what Aristotle meant by the purging effect of tragedy. For both Aristotle and Arendt, there seems to be a therapeutic significance to tragedy and narrative. Through the story, we can learn and rise above the mistakes of the tragic heroes or villains.
The inability to transmit stories—the tendency of the Holocaust horrors to remain un-narrated when she wrote Eichmann in Jerusalem—is a tragic problem for Arendt, one that preoccupies her in her other works. Too easily, we turn World War II into a history of good versus evil, an ineffective translation of his- torical events that often converts the Allies into bigger-than-life heroes and the Axis powers into two-dimensional monsters.
Such a critique does not diminish the atrocities committed in the Nazi regime. In fact, investi- gating how Nazis were all too human only increases our awareness of the depth of totalitarian depravity. Transforming individuals who commit acts of depravity into monsters distances us from both the perpetrators and their acts. Only when we recognize the humanity of such totalitarian fig- ures do we understand the true monstrousness of Nazism.
A black-and- white history of World War II at the same time risks failing to take into ac- count the complicity of many other agencies that allowed for Nazi Germany to occur, such as the so-called neutral countries that provided aid or the big businesses that indirectly supported the Nazi machinery of ex- termination, such as IBM did with its accounting machines.
A stage-his- tory with heroes and villains exonerates the Allies from such massacres as Dresden or Hiroshima and from practices that shadowed Nazi tactics, like the Asian-American internment camps instituted after Pearl Harbor.
It ex- 62 J N T onerates the Allies from blatant disregard for the evident plight of the Jews before the war even began.
Perhaps con- cerning the issue of the Holocaust, Arendt is postmodern if postmod- ernism concerns something as fresh as the memories of victims coming too soon. Perhaps in an audience was not yet ready for a postmodern argument concerning the Holocaust. Arendt fears that the revenge drama of the Eichmann trial will impede a community from perpetuating intellectually effective narratives.
Though she rebukes Buber, Arendt sees the trial and execution of Eichmann as dangerous because it unburdens the com- munity too much and in the wrong way. The Eichmann trial makes others burdened by his- tory not confront the complexities of that burden. Arendt, Hannah. New York: Penguin, New York: Viking, His strong point is.
Arendt mentions, as a case in point, Denmark : One is tempted to recommend the story as required reading in political science for all students who wish to learn something about the enormous power potential inherent in non-violent action and in resistance to an opponent possessing vastly superior means of violence.
This was the unexpected conclusion certain reviewers chose to draw from the "image" of a book, created by certain interest groups, in which I allegedly had claimed that the Jews had murdered themselves. The prosecution proved that Eichmann had visited Chelmo extermination camp, Auschwitz, and Minsk, and that he witnessed a mass shooting of Jews at Minsk, and that he was therefore aware of the fate that awaited his deportees.
A story should not define its own meaning; the meaning must be interpreted. Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, I regret nothing and would do it all over again. We usually encourage this sort of thing, but I think the prosocial version involves having a specific larger-than-yourself thing in mind.
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