Defending The Banality Theory

This article was published in The June 17, 2013 issue of The Jerusalem Report magazine.

Barbara Sukowa as Hannah Arendt in "Hannah Arendt" (courtesy of Zeitgesit  Films)

Barbara Sukowa as Hannah Arendt in “Hannah Arendt” (courtesy of Zeitgesit Films)

Toward the end of noted German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta’s new feature film, “Hannah Arendt,” we see the famous philosopher and political theorist speaking to a lecture hall full of students at New York’s The New School.

It is 1964, and she has just been asked by her colleagues to relinquish her teaching post following publication of a series of highly controversial articles she wrote for The New Yorker about the Adolf Eichmann trial (the basis for her 1963 book, “Eichmann in Jerusalem”).

Click here to read the rest of this article, which is behind a paywall. You can be in touch directly with me to request a pdf copy.

© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

 

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