Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer, by Bettina Stangneth, deftly explores Adolf Eichmann
's escape from Europe after World War II, his life in Argentina, his capture, his trial and his post-War image.
The German philosopher Bettina Stangneth's ''Eichmann
Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer'' responds to Hannah Arendt's extraordinarily and perversely influential ''Eichmann
in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.''
Informed by a broad investigation of Holocaust cinema's treatment of women generally, this article focuses on the particularly problematic depiction of the 'evil woman' in Robert Young's Eichmann
(2007), a film that goes to great lengths to portray deviant and aggressive female sexuality as responsible for the moral corruption of the narrative's male protagonist, Adolf Eichmann
, who was one of the major players in planning the deportation of Jews to extermination camps.
After The New Yorker invited philosopher Hannah Arendt to cover the trials of Adolph Eichmann
, one of the major architects of the Holocaust who managed the logistics of the mass deportation of Jews to extermination camps in German-occupied Eastern Europe, Arendt's writing appeared in feature articles spanning five parts.
was responsible for rounding up Jews in Germany and in the conquered countries as an integral part of Hitler's "final solution." After the defeat of fascism, Eichmann
flees to avoid trial and punishment, and settles in obscurity in Argentina.
The job of rendering such a judgment fell to three judges in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1961, when they conducted the trial of Adolf Eichmann
, who, during World War II, was the director of Subsection IV-B-4 of the Head Office for Reich Security, an office concerned exclusively with the so-called Jewish Question.
Originally titled The Controversy, the film portrays Arendt and her milieu during the period that she covered the trial of Adolf Eichmann
in Jerusalem for The New Yorker.
When the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, captures the Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann
and takes him clandestinely to Jerusalem to stand trial, Arendt, who has a strong philosophical interest in totalitarianism, discusses with her husband, Heinrich (Axel Milberg), about asking William Shawn (Nicholas Woodeson), the editor of The New Yorker, to send her to cover the impending trial for the magazine.
's Jews: The Jewish Administration of Holocaust Vienna, 1938-1945.