The true banality of evil: Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning | Literaturesalon’s Blog

Hannah Arendt referred to Adolf Eichmann as the paradigm of the banality of evil: an ordinary man led by extraordinary circumstances to exceptional evil. However, given that Eichmann spearheaded some of the key initiatives of the murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, I have argued that he was quite extraordinary: extraordinarily sociopathic and evil. The circumstances of Fascist Germany allowed his true nature to be revealed and his thirst for power through murder to be played out.

In Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (New York: Harper Perennial, 1993) historian Christopher R. Browning reveals the true nature of the banality of evil by recounting the…

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2 thoughts on “The true banality of evil: Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning | Literaturesalon’s Blog

  1. I am sure that this is a very good book. However, I don’t think I can read any more about these despicable acts, whether carried out by SS fanatics, or ‘ordinary men.’ Then again, I have read a great deal on this subject, so let’s hope that this work finds a fresh audience.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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