Eichmann’s Reappearance

A recent Human Rights & Human Welfare review of Harry Mulisch’s Criminal Case 40/61, the Trial of Adolf Eichman: An Eyewitness Account, translated by Robert Malcom, compares Mulisch’s portrait of the infamous war criminal to Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem and to other observations on crimes against humanity.

In his review Adolf Eichmann: Understanding Evil in Form and Content, Matthew S. Weinert writes:

Mulisch provides an immensely personal account of the trial—wholly unchanged from the original series —that is deftly intertwined with observations of Eichmann the man and Eichmann the myth, as well as observations regarding the development of the Israeli state which “had no long-established institutions”  and which found in the Eichmann trial a raison d’etre, “an opportunity for creative nation-building.”

The complete essay is available for download at the Human Rights & Human Welfare website.

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