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Visualizing Atrocity: Arendt, Evil, and the Optics of Thoughtlessness

Valerie Hartouni


This book takes Hannah Arendt's provocative and polarizing account of the 1961 trial of Nazi official Adolf Eichmann as its point of departure for reassessing some of the serviceable myths that have come to shape and limit our understanding both of the Nazi genocide and totalitarianism's broader, constitutive, and recurrent features. These myths are inextricably tied to and reinforced viscerally by the atrocity imagery that emerged with the liberation of the concentration camps at the war's end and played an especially important, evidentiary role in the postwar trials of perpetrators. At the 1 ... More

Keywords: Adolf Eichmann, Hannah Arendt, Nazi genocide, totalitarianism, concentration camps, 1945 Nuremberg Tribunal, World War II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814738498
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814738498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valerie Hartouni, author