Summer 1963 • Vol. XXV No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1963 |

Hostis Humani Generis

REVIEWS Ronald Berman HOSTIS HUMANI GENERIS EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM: A REPORT ON THE BANALITY OF EVIL by Hannah Arendt. The Viking Press, $5.50. CERTAIN MODERN TRIALS HAVE CON- firmed the principle that law is an extension of politics. Hannah Arendt's examination of the Drey- fus trial in The Origins of Totali- tarianism concluded that it resulted in the initial exposure of the twentieth century to the "collective tyranny" of the mob and the com- plicity of the state. More impor- tant, it established in Europe's political consciousness the concept of statelessness. In the show trials of the '30s, she noted, modernity was introduced to the "objective enemy"; the state developed a legalistic convenience which obvi- ated the formerly in(lispensable con- dition of guilt in those it prosecuted. Eichmann in Jerusalem is the epi- logue to her study of these affairs. Her earlier book noted that the Dreyfus case had one positive re- sult: the birth of Zionism. The irony is noted by history. Th

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REVIEWS Ronald Berman HOSTIS HUMANI GENERIS EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM: A REPORT ON THE BANALITY OF EVIL by Hannah Arendt. The Viking Press, $5.50. CERTAIN MODERN TRIALS HAVE CON- firmed the […]

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