Primo Levi and the teachings of Auschwitz

If This Is a Man is Primo Levi’s account of the time he spent as a prisoner in Auschwitz. It is one of the best-known and most poignantly written testimonies of the horrors of the Holocaust. Levi was an Italian Jew. He was arrested in 1944, when the German army had occupied the northern half ofContinue reading “Primo Levi and the teachings of Auschwitz”

Why fascist politicians are no patriots

“If, at some point, the German people will be lacking in its willingness to make sacrifices and no longer strong enough to give its blood for its existence, it shall perish and be destroyed by a stronger power. I will not shed a single tear for the German people” Adolf Hitler [quote from The MeaningContinue reading “Why fascist politicians are no patriots”

Hannah Arendt and the Banality of Evil

A while ago I re-read the book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt. In the book, Hannah Arendt, a Jewish philosopher who studied in Berlin and Heidelberg and who emigrated in 1933, describes the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. Eichmann was a subordinate organizer of the Holocaust; he hadContinue reading “Hannah Arendt and the Banality of Evil”