The Question of Evil and Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt, a film focused on the trial of Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann, has already shown in Germany, Paris and in Israel, is due to be released on May 29, 2013 in New York. The film by the prominent German director Margarethe von Trotta, is likely to reopen painful memories and controversial issues not only about Arendt herself but also about the Holocaust, the nature of evil, the role of Jewish leaders, responsibility for action, and the State of Israel. The film is not a documentary but a mixture of history and fiction. Von Trotta, whose films feature strong, independent women, one of whom was the Marxist Polish-German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, sees Arendt as one of them, and as one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. The director has said she identified with Arendt's controversial view of Eichmann who had escaped punishment at the postwar Nuremberg trials, as a man "who was so frightening and dreadful simply because he was so normal, so...(Read Full Article)