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Amor Mundi 1/31/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we dissect a 1962 pardon request made by Adolf Eichmann, reflect on the Malheur occupation, and much more! Posted on 1 February 2016 | 11:41 am

Excerpts from the Sassen Papers

In response to the my essay on “Misreading ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem,” I have been asked repeatedly how to access the Sassen papers, the more than 1,300 pages of memoir and interview transcripts that Eichmann produced while he was in Argentina. The first answer is simple: Read the two issues of Life magazine from November 28…Read more Excerpts from the Sassen Papers Posted on 12 July 2013 | 2:22 pm

Ideological Blindness

It would be too much to hope that my plea to end the ideological warfare over Hannah Arendt would win over either those who insist she is a Nazi-lover or those who thinks she walks on water. That said, I have been pleasantly surprised that most people saw my essay for what it was: a…Read more Ideological Blindness Posted on 11 July 2013 | 10:05 am

Yes and No: The Split the Difference Approach to the Banality of Evil

“Hannah Arendt” the movie by acclaimed Director Margarethe von Trotta, opened in the United States this week at Film Forum in New York. It will begin its national release on June 6th.  Around the world the movie has garnered rave reviews and played to excited audiences. Reviews in the U.S. are appearing, including a rave…Read more Yes and No: The Split the Difference Approach to the Banality of Evil Posted on 31 May 2013 | 4:21 pm

Banality, Banality, Banality

When Gershom Scholem once wrote to Arendt that her phrase the “banality of evil” was a cliché, her response was swift: As far as she had known, nobody had ever used it before. The banality of evil was no common formulation worn meaningless by overuse. When she coined the phrase, it was a searing and…Read more Banality, Banality, Banality Posted on 18 April 2013 | 12:37 pm

Hannah Arendt – a film by Margarethe von Trotta.

The new Hannah Arendt bio picture by Margarethe von Trotta has been released in Europe. It will hit theatres in the US in May, although it is making the rounds of festivals now. The good news: “Hannah Arendt” the film is really wonderful. I’ll have more to say about the film at some point soon,…Read more Hannah Arendt – a film by Margarethe von Trotta. Posted on 15 January 2013 | 10:20 am