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Hannah Arendt, "Eichmann in Jerusalem" Collection

Identifier: AR 255


Clippings, book reviews and published commentaries concerning Hannah Arendt’s book "Eichmann in Jerusalem" and the controversy that it caused, in particular regarding the question of collaboration by Jewish communal organizations, notably the Reichsvertretung der deutschen Juden, and the role of such leaders as Leo Baeck.


  • 1963-1966

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

Born in Hanover on October 14, 1906, Hannah Arendt studied philosophy at the Universities of Marburg, Freiburg and Heidelberg. She emigrated to France in 1933 and to the United States in 1941, where she taught at several universities and achieved a reputation as a leading political philosopher. In "Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil" (New York, 1963), a reflection on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, she refuses to place the sole responsibility for the Holocaust on the Nazis, and assigns blame also to the Allied nations and to the Jewish communal leaders, who passively cooperated with the Nazis. She died in New York on December 4, 1975.


0.25 Linear Feet

Other Finding Aid

Also available are original German language index cards.

Processing Information

During microfilming and consequent digitization the original order of the collection has been disrupted.

Inventory of the Hannah Arendt, "Eichmann in Jerusalem" Collection, 1963-1966 AR 255
© 2009
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Language of description note
The inventory is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States