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Holocaust of Evil, Not Banality

April 30, 2014 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Fifty years ago, philosopher Hannah Arendt set off a firestorm with a series for The New Yorker, “Eichmann: An Report on the Banality of Evil,” calling him not a “monster” but a “clown.”  In a lecture, Richard Wolin, Distinguished Professor of history at the Graduate Center, uses Arendt’s own language to counter her hypothesis. “If the Holocaust was evil then it was not banal, and if it was banal then it was not evil.”  Wolin was joined by Jeffrey Herf, professor of history from the University of Maryland and author of “The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust.”

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