Unit 3, Assignment 1- Erin Simard

Adolf Eichmann

  • Worst human ever
  • Lost his job during the Great Depression
  • Joined the SS in 1932, where he began to rise through the ranks
  • Eventually was tasked with “coordinating the details” of the Final Solution, or the Nazi plan to mass murder as many Jewish people as possible
  • Was so shaken by the mass murders that he organized that he could not look inside the gas chambers; claimed that he only organized the Final Solution because he had orders he had to adhere to, and not because he was an anti-Semite

Information from: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Adolf-Eichmann

“Banality of Evil”

  • Term coined by Hannah Arendt, who wrote a book regarding the trial of Adolf Eichmann
  • The perplexing theory that Nazis were not extraordinarily horrible or psychopathic people; rather, they were average, almost boring people who were unable to think for themselves 
  • Upset and confused a lot of people because it is generally much easier to believe that 

Information from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eichmann_in_Jerusalem

The Origins of Totalitarianism

  • Written by Hannah Arendt
  • Considered one of the best non-fiction works written in the 20th century
  • Argues that the Holocaust was a proxy meant to inflict fear on the German population as a whole, rather than a project intended to only eradicate the Jewish population

Information from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Origins_of_Totalitarianism

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