Hannah Arendt


Together with my parents I went to see the movie Hannah Arendt tonight.

It is a gripping movie though the start is a bit slow. It has made me look for Arendt’s original articles on the Eichmann trial, because I want to read what she wrote and I want to try to understand her point of view.

German director Margarethe von Trotta’s 2012 biopic Hannah Arendt centers on Arendt’s response to the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann, which she covered for The New Yorker. Her writing on the trial became controversial for its depiction of both Eichmann and the Jewish councils, and for its introduction of Arendt’s now-famous concept of “the banality of evil”. The film, which captures Arendt at one of the most pivotal moments of her life and career, also features portrayals of other prominent intellectuals, including philosopher Martin Heidegger (Klaus Pohl), novelist Mary McCarthy (Janet McTeer), and New Yorker editor William Shawn (Nicolas Woodeson). [from the movie’s wikipedia page]

The original articles as published in The New Yorker in 1963:

Part I: http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1963-02-16#folio=040

Part II: http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1963-02-23#folio=040

Part III: http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1963-03-02#folio=040

Part IV: http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1963-03-09#folio=048

Part V: http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1963-03-16#folio=058

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (Penguin Classics)