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COVER STORY Wildfires: Lessons from the past not yet learnt

EDITORIAL America 'resets' foreign policy on China and Russia

CANBERRA OBSERVED After the fires, we still need an economy and to power it

GENDER POLITICS In trans Newspeak, parental consent is a 'hurdle'

REFLECTION Conjugal honour: Love of husband and wife joined together in pure intimacy

LIFE ISSUES Pro-lifers punished for exposing baby harvesting

LAW AND SOCIETY Cardinal Pell and the Appeal Court judges

LITERATURE AND SOCIETY The poetry of Distributism

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY Botany Bay: Always more than a dumping ground

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Finally getting Brexit done

HUMOUR The MacStuttles probe

MUSIC From retch to wretched

CINEMA Three times the bravura: 1917, The Gentlemen, Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon

BOOK REVIEW The contradictions of the dominant ideology

BOOK REVIEW Novel celebrates inventor of literary fairytales

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EICHMANN BE JERUSALEM:
The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer

Bettina Stangneth

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by Bettina Stangneth

(Melbourne, Scribe, 2011)
Paperback: 608 pages
ISBN: 9781925106176
Price: AUD$45

 

Book description

A groundbreaking reassessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann – a superb work of scholarship that reveals his activities and notoriety among a global network of National Socialists following the collapse of the Third Reich.

Smuggled out of Europe after the collapse of Germany, Eichmann managed to live a peaceful and active exile in Argentina for years before his capture by Mossad. Though once widely known by nicknames such as “Manager of the Holocaust”, in 1961 he was able to portray himself, from the defendant’s box in Jerusalem, as an overworked bureaucrat following orders – no more, he said, than “just a small cog in Adolf Hitler’s extermination machine”. How was this carefully crafted obfuscation possible? How did a central architect of the Final Solution manage to disappear? And what had he done with his time while in hiding?

Bettina Stangneth, the first to comprehensively analyse more than 1,300 pages of Eichmann’s own recently discovered written notes – as well as 73 extensive audio reel recordings of a crowded Nazi salon held weekly during the 1950s in a popular district of Buenos Aires – draws a chilling portrait, not of a reclusive, taciturn war criminal on the run, but of a highly skilled social manipulator with an inexhaustible ability to reinvent himself, an unrepentant murderer eager for acolytes with whom to discuss past glories while vigorously planning future goals with other like-minded fugitives.

 

About the author

Bettina Stangneth wrote her dissertation on Immanuel Kant and the concept of radical evil. Ever since then she has been researching a theory of the lie and has written widely on anti-Semitism in the 18th-century and National Socialist philosophy. In 2000 she was awarded first prize by the Philosophical-Political Academy, Cologne, and she received the German NDR nonfiction book award for Eichmann Before Jerusalem in 2011. She lives in Hamburg, Germany.


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