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COVER STORY The real cost of institutionalised child care

EDITORIAL AGL dismisses $250m bid for Liddell Power Station

GENDER POLITICS As Queensland transgenders birth certificates, 300 women quit UK Labour Party

CANBERRA OBSERVED No pressure on Malcolm to call election this year

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Can Greens regenerate, or are they mulch?

POLITICS Conservative shift in the Victorian Liberal Party

OPINION No fairytale ending from the Land of a Fair Go

LAW REFORM The Nordic Model: proven to curtail sex trafficking

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Committal hearing dismisses main serious charges against Cardinal Pell

GENDER AND ETHICS Transgenderism and the dissolution of identity

PHILOSOPHY The supercharged cheetah

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS One Belt, One Road: China's new empire

HUMOUR

MUSIC Business as usual: The sweet tinkle of falling coins

CINEMA Avengers: Last Flag Flying and Infinity War

BOOK REVIEW A hungry beast that ate up 4 million lives

BOOK REVIEW Skewed analysis of republic in crisis

POETRY

LETTERS

CANBERRA OBSERVED Bill Shorten's Budget-Reply speech: for what ails you

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Behind the U.S.-North Korea rapprochement

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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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