Reading Group Recommends: Finding Eichmann

Our regular, monthly reading group meetings are currently on hold due to Covid 19.

Until we’ll be able to meet again, we’ll switch from books to films and recommend documentaries relevant to anarchist theory/thought.

This week, on 8 May, the anniversary of the end of the Second World War, we’re looking at the capture of Adolf Eichmann, one of the major organisers of the Holocaust, who was captured in Argentina on 11 May 1960.

Nazism was not defeated on 8 May 1945, but is an on going struggle.

Several survivors of the Holocaust dedicated themselves to finding Nazi war criminals who had escaped Germany – one of the most difficult to capture was Adolf Eichmann, whose trial Hannah Arendt observed, coining the term ‘the banality of evil’.

Many people were involved in finding Eichmann and their stories are as relevant today as they were in the 1960s.

These are the memories of Zvi Aharoni: https://www.thedriverisred.com/

And if you happen to understand German, this is the story of Fritz Bauer:
https://archive.org/details/Der-Staat-gegen-Fritz-Bauer_Film_2015

P.S. Hannah Arendt’s reportage:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1963/02/16/eichmann-in-jerusalem-i

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