Stangneth depicts a vainglorious, devoted Nazi, a rabid anti-Semite, a puffed-up, arrogant, scheming, opportunistic true believer, or in Eichmann
's own twisted words, an "idealist" completely committed to the idea of the great German nation that demanded "total war" against its enemies in a life and death struggle for survival.
Although, or perhaps because, Arendt was a philosopher, in her report on Israel's trial of Adolf Eichmann
, the organizer of industrialized murder, she accepted the facade Eichmann
presented to those who could, and in 1962 would, hang him: He was a little ''cog'' in a bureaucratic machine.
This tension can also be seen in films as recent as Robert Young's Eichmann
A former student and lover of Nazi sympathizer Martin Heidegger, Arendt explored the nature of evil in her articles, suggesting that Eichmann
was not responsible for his actions but was simply a clerk, a follower, a conformist who, along with many ordinary people, chose simply to obey authority and not to critically evaluate his actions.
The suspense is undeniable, but the desire to see Eichmann
in captivity and admit his crimes is equally enthralling.
To place Eichmann
at the center of that story and to tell it again through his trial was certainly the intent of the trial's prosecutor, Gideon Hausner.
Von Trotta employs a reasonably good strategy for integrating original black-and-white footage from the Eichmann
trial into her color film.
She thought that the court's only interest was to adhere to the demands of justice for murders committed by Eichmann
, but the trial was more complicated than that because of his role as a bureaucrat who, by compartmentalizing his conscience, facilitated the "Final Solution" and the deaths of millions.
One of the SS men organizing the persecution of Jews was Adolf Eichmann
, who developed his model in Vienna first, copying it later in Prague, Berlin, and elsewhere.
Raoul Wallenberg's fame is not as great as Adolf Eichmann
Her writings were not treated hostilely in Israel until the publication of Eichmann
in Jerusalem." A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963), which made Arendt an outcast in Israel.
SINCE HIS RIVETING TRIAL IN ISRAEL 50 YEARS ago, Adolf Eichmann
has been seared into the minds of millions as the Nazi in the glass booth--a defiant war criminal inside a bulletproof chamber, insisting that he was only following orders in helping to mastermind the Holocaust.