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COVER STORY Something rotten led to fish-kill: perhaps fishy environmentalism

EDITORIAL Resistance grows to Beijing's soft-power push

CANBERRA OBSERVED Climate change: deadly ... to political leaders

TECHNOLOGY Electric cars: UK taxpayers subsidise rich greenies

BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION A step too small?

CYBER SECURITY Chinese smartphone threat extends way beyond Huawei

SOCIETY Such grandeur of spirit

POLITICS John Hewson should have as sturdy a Constitution

FINANCE Hayne royal commission sets agenda for bank reform

FAMILY RELATIONS Dad: a girl's first and most influential love

COMMENTARY Words gone feral: rights and equality

MEDICINE AND CULTURE Book captures tragedy of falling foul of a fanatic

SOCIETY AND CULTURE A dog's life: reflections of a grey nomad

HUMOUR

MUSIC Serialism a killer: Ideas tend to get in the way

CINEMA Cold Pursuit: Revenge served up manic

BOOK REVIEW Why the West and nowhere else

BOOK REVIEW The escalation of horror and atrocity

LETTERS

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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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