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Professor's Essay Sheds New Light on Controversial Historian Hannah Arendt

There are new revelations regarding the Jewish Historian and former University of Chicago and Northwestern professor Hannah Arendt. She is famous for coining the phrase “Banality of Evil” to describe Nazi war criminals like Adolf Eichmann who was convicted on multiple counts, including crimes against humanity. Arendt claimed the man some called "the architect of the Holocaust," was not a vicious psychopath or rabid anti-Semite. Rather he was a thoughtless bureaucrat who was - as Eichmann himself said - following orders. This argument has attracted acclaim and controversy ever since. Now a recent article in the London-based Times Literary Supplement questions Arendt's credibility. The author of that article, Bernard Wasserstein teaches modern European Jewish history at the University of Chicago and tells us more.

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