Eichmann vor JerusalemDas unbehelligte Leben eines

Eichmann vor JerusalemDas unbehelligte Leben eines Massenmörders A total and groundbreaking reassessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann—a superb work of scholarship that reveals his activities and notoriety among a global network of National Socialists following the collapse of the Third Reich and that permanently challenges Hannah Arendt’s notion of the “banality of evil” Smuggled out of Europe after the collapse of Germany, Eichmann managed to live a peaceful and active exile in Argentina for years before his capture by the Mossad Though once widely known by nicknames such as “Manager of the Holocaust,” inhe was able to portray himself, from the defendant’s box in Jerusalem, as an overworked bureaucrat following orders—no , he said, than “just a small cog in Adolf Hitler’s extermination machine” How was this carefully crafted obfuscation possible? How did a central architect of the Final Solution manage to disappear? And what had he done with his time while in hiding? Bettina Stangneth, the first to comprehensively analyze than , pages of Eichmann’s own recently discovered written notes— as well as seventythree extensive audio reel recordings of a crowded Nazi salon held weekly during the s in a popular district of Buenos Aires—draws a chilling portrait, not of a reclusive, taciturn war criminal on the run, but of a highly skilled social manipulator with an inexhaustible ability to reinvent himself,  an unrepentant murderer eager for acolytes with whom to discuss past glories while vigorously planning future goals with other likeminded fugitives A work that continues to garner immense international attention and acclaim, Eichmann Before Jerusalem maps out the astonishing links between innumerable past Nazis—from ace Luftwaffe pilots to SS henchmen—both in exile and in Germany, and reconstructs in detail the postwar life of one of the Holocaust’s principal organizers as no other book has done


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10 thoughts on “Eichmann vor JerusalemDas unbehelligte Leben eines Massenmörders

  1. Andrew Robins Andrew Robins says:

    I read a lot of WW2 history, and - as is probably going to be the case with most people who tackle this book - approached this work being familiar with Hannah Arendt's writing on the subject, and in particular the phrase banality of evil. Eichmann as a cog in a big machine, a faceless bureaucrat, shifting around people with the same detachment you'd expect him to ship around any form of cargo. Eichmann not driven by hate or dogma, Eichmann the civil servant, the back office guy kee


  2. Steven Z. Steven Z. says:

    Bettina Strangneth new book, EICHMANN BEFORE JERUSALEM: THE UNEXAMINED LIFE OF A MASS MURDERER offers a major reassessment of how we should interpret the life of the man whose work was integral to the extermination of six million Jews during World War II. After his capture by the Israeli Mossad in 1960, Adolf Eichmann tried to convince people that he was a small cog in the Nazi bureaucracy and that he was not a mass murderer. He tried to present himself as a man who was always in the back


  3. Paul Paul says:

    Eichmann Before Jerusalem

    For the last 50 years we have looked at Adolf Eichmann through the prism of Hannah Arendt’s reporting for the New Yorker on his trial and later her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.

    This was her examination of Eichmann as someone who was a bored bureaucrat who felt neither guilt or hatred. That he was an obedient servant who was ignorant of what was happening to the Jews, that he was nothing more than a state flunky


  4. Claudia Moscovici Claudia Moscovici says:

    Eichmann’s Extraordinary Evil: Review of Eichmann Before Jerusalem by Bettina Stangneth

    In Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer (New York: Random House 2014), Bettina Stangneth challenges Hannah Arendt’s hypothesis that Eichmann represents the banality of evil: an ordinary man turned mass murder by extraordinary circumstances (the war and the rise of Nazi totalitarianism). The image of Eichmann that emerges from Stangneth’s book is one of a charming chamele


  5. Charles Weinblatt Charles Weinblatt says:

    There have been many books about Eichmann’s trial and conviction in Israel for the murder of six million Jews. And there have been books about Eichmann while he was the architect Nazi genocide. But few authors have focused primarily upon Eichmann’s escape from an Allied POW camp, his quiet life in Northern Germany and years later his life with his family in Argentina, before he was captured by the Mossad.

    To accomplish this, author Stangneth must examine thousands of wide-ranging documents and


  6. Ruth Ruth says:

    This book was truly remarkable for me. It was a page-turner, even. Great translator, great writing. The author had unearthed a lot of information that was only recently available--and only to be found by someone who knew exactly what to look for. Another reader mentioned that it would probably help if the reader was familiar with the Eichmann story beforehand, and this is likely true. I had read Hannah Arendt's book, for which she took so much guff and pain and dismissal, and was sincerely hoping that Stangneth was


  7. Suus Suus says:

    Incredible insight in the Argentinian years of Eichmann, of his character and of how several nazi's got to escape and stay 'hidden'. However, too many unneccesary details make this book sometimes frustrating and boring to read. Half the pages that limit the content to what is vital for your understanding would have made this book a more powerful read.


  8. Vladimir Vladimir says:

    It's a fascinating book in many ways, but if it's meant to refute H. Arendt's book then it didn't quite achieve its goal. Nonetheless, it's a meticulous portrait of a truly horrible human being.


  9. Jeff Francis Jeff Francis says:

    I feel bad about giving this book a relatively low rating, because in many ways it’s an impressive achievement in Nazi-, and World War II-, studies. But alas, the Goodreads rating system is geared toward personal impressions.

    Simply put, Bettina Stangneth’s “Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer” is not for beginners. It presupposes knowledge of Eichmann, both what he did and what happened to him.

    Case in point: EBJ is, essentially, a rebuttal to the immensely influential “Ei


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