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Adolf Eichmann
The Secret Memoirs
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The author got involved with Adolf Eichmann's story twice, once as a broadcaster and once as a filmmaker, and this chapter presents some of the thoughts and memories that have been drifting through the author's head for over forty years. In her articles, which were later published in book form under the title Eichmann in Jerusalem, the historian and political philosopher Hannah Arendt argued that Eichmann was an ordinary man, his actions arising from 'the banality of evil.' At the time the author was not able to accept her arguments. He had to wait nearly forty years before the answers became clear to the author as he worked on the film Adolf Eichmann: The Secret Memoirs. On 11 December 1961, Eichmann was sentenced to death for crimes against the Jewish people, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. After his appeal was rejected, he was hung in May 1962.

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