The Banality of Evil at 60

Hannah Arendt was vacationing in the Catskills in the summer of 1960 when the news broke that Adolf Eichmann had been captured in Argentina by Mossad agents of the Israeli government. She put down the book she was working on, rearranged her teaching schedule, and flew to Israel to cover the trial. It was her “last opportunity to see a chief Nazi in the flesh,” and she wanted to expose herself to the evildoer.

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