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Title:
Eichmann before Jerusalem : the unexamined life of a mass murderer
Author:
Stangneth, Bettina, author.
ISBN:
9781784700010

9780307959676
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Eichmann vor Jerusalem. English
Physical Description:
xxv, 579 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Translated from the German.

This translation originally published: London: The Bodley Head, 2014.
Contents:
"My name became a symbol." The path into the public eye -- The postwar career of a name -- Detested anonymity -- Interlude. A false trail in the Middle East -- Eichmann in Argentina. Life in the "promised land" -- Home front -- One good turn -- The so-called Sassen Interviews. Eichmann the author -- Eichmann in conversation -- A false sense of security -- A change of role. Eichmann in Jerusalem
Abstract:
"A total re-assessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann that reveals his activities and notoriety amongst a global network of National Socialists following the collapse of the Third Reich, and permanently undermines Hannah Arendt's often-cited notion of the "banality of evil.""-- Provided by publisher.
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A New York Times Notable Book of 2014

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 the Mossad. Though once widely known by nicknames such as 'Manager of the Holocaust', he was able to portray himself, from the defendant's box in Jerusalem in 1960, 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 principal architect of the Final Solution manage to disappear? How had he occupied himself in hiding?

Drawing upon an astounding trove of newly discovered documentation, Stangneth gives us 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 to discuss past glories and vigorously planning future goals.