Hannah Arendt’s Concept “Banality of Evil” : Unit 3 Assignment 1 by Alec Stimac

The deportation of Jewish children from the Lodz Ghetto
Deportation of Jewish children from the Lodz ghetto
Hannah Arendt

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.

There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
Hannah Arendt's cover of book

Adolph Eichmann

“I didn’t look inside; I couldn’t. Couldn’t! What I saw and heard was enough. The screaming and…I was much too shaken and so on.”

Stated after reflecting back on a gassing van in operation at Chelmno.
  • Eichmann’s trail was one of the first to be televised in its entirety
  • It gripped millions of people due to its emotional testimony and first-person views of the reality of the Holocaust.
  • “At the trial, Eichmann presented the same deceptively normal facade he had kept up in Argentina—an image of a meek bureaucrat who simply followed orders. That image caused political theorist Hannah Arendt to coin the term ‘the banality of evil,’ arguing that Eichmann was not a psychopath, but a normal human.” (https://www.history.com/news/adolf-eichmann-nazi-capture-holocaust-trial-mossad)
Adolph Eichmann in uniform

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