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Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem$
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Steven Aschheim

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520220560

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520220560.001.0001

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Hannah Arendt's Interpretation of the Holocaust as a Challenge to Human Existence

Hannah Arendt's Interpretation of the Holocaust as a Challenge to Human Existence

The Intellectual Background

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(p.224) Hannah Arendt's Interpretation of the Holocaust as a Challenge to Human Existence
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Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem
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Hans Mommsen

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520220560.003.0015

Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem was widely reviewed, and the controversy it initiated among the West German public has itself become an object of historical investigation. The book and the articles that preceded it instigated an extremely polemical debate, including the endeavor to prevent publications favorable to her views. The extreme position presented by Hannah Arendt no longer seems exceptional, however, although intensified international Holocaust research has since then extended the factual foundations for the arguments of both Arendt and her opponents. This chapter presents a new evaluation of what was in 1963 regarded as an unjustified and almost incomprehensible offense against the Holocaust victims.

Keywords:   Holocaust, Holocaust research, Hannah Arendt

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