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Something New!!! The Film "Hannah Arendt"

Hannah Arendt the German-American philosopher most noted for her publication of "The Origins of totalitarianism" which was her most famed book and is used in political philosophy classes everywhere. Born in Germany and studying under famed philosopher Martin Heidegger, who of course soiled his reputation with his endorsement of the Nazis,and her doctoral dissertation was based on Augustine's concept of love. Being Jewish se was forced to leave Germany for France where she was subsequently put into a concentration camp and with the help of others she was able to emigrate to the United States where she embarked on a career as a professor of philosophy and writer. The film depicts her at the point in her life when she was given an assignment to cover the Adolph Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem for the New Yorker Magazine. The publication caused quite a stir and she lost a number of friends and to this day it is criticized and admired all at the same time. The film is very powerful and very well done, About half of the film is in German with subtitles as the film shifts from her German and American friends but it is very easy to follow and I predict you wont complain. I believe if you watch this film it will stimulate you to read her publication of the trial "The Banality of Evil", and the history surrounding and then come to the Thinkers Club Wednesday April 2 and join in what promises to be a very good discussion.

The Cleveland and Akron library systems have a number of copies, you can get it on Amazon and you can contact me through the Thinkers Club page with a mailing address and I will mail you a copy, I have a number of copies to share See you Wednesday April 2.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I regret missing the discussion. Of interest on this subject is People Of The Lie, The Hope of Healing Human Evil by M. Scott Peck, MD.

    April 9, 2014

  • Kristen B.

    I am sorry to have missed it. I was home with stomach flu. :(

    April 3, 2014

  • David E.

    It was a good evening of conversation, when the movie is available I'll get to watch it.

    April 3, 2014

  • Martha N.

    I am a little confused. I thought we were going to be watching the film on April 2, and then discussing at the next meet. But it sounds like we are to watch it on our own somehow and then meet on the 2nd to discuss. Help me here.

    March 11, 2014

    • David E.

      Martha, I got a copy from the library. Give it a try.

      1 · March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Eichmann in Jerusalem: the banality of evil, by Arendt is a dispassionate account of Eichman's role in keeping the trains run ontime on the way to the camps....for this she was accused of being a self hating Jew.

    March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Contact Vince and he will mail you a copy of the film.
    I'll be getting mine soon and you can watch with me if you like.

    March 12, 2014

    • Martha N.

      Oh, ok. That would be great. Here is my e mail. [masked]. Let me know when you get it and we can arrange a time to get together and watch.

      March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    In 2012 a German film titled Hannah Arendt was released, directed by Margarethe von Trotta, and with Barbara Sukowa in the role of Arendt. The film concentrates on the Eichmann trial, and the controversy caused by Arendt's book, which at the time was widely misunderstood as defending Eichmann and blaming Jewish leaders for the Holocaust. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-rnFLnu2jg

    March 12, 2014

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