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Hitler's Bureaucrats The Nazi Security Police and the Banality of Evil by Yaacov Lozowick

Hitler's Bureaucrats The Nazi Security Police and the Banality of Evil


Hitler's Bureaucrats The Nazi Security Police and the Banality of Evil by Yaacov Lozowick

For many, the name of Adolf Eichmann is synonymous with the Nazi murder of six million Jews. As a perpetuator of the Final Solution he stands alongside Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler as one of history's most notorious murderers, yet ever since Hannah Arendt's seminal book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, there has been disagreement about the essence of Eichmann and by extension, about the definition of evil action. Was he a human monster or a petty bureaucrat? To what degree did the totalitarian organization to which he belonged absolve him and his staff from individual choice and responsibility for atrocities? This title looks at the words and actions of Eichmann and the bureaucrats he worked with in Berlin and throughout the more significant Gestapo offices in Western Europe. It claims that Hannah Arendt's thesis about the banality of evil was wrong. In chilling detail, it presents a group of people completely aware of what they were doing, people with high ideological motivation, people of initiative and dexterity who contributed far beyond what was necessary. While most of these bureaucrats sat behind desks rather than behind machine guns, there was nothing banal about the role they played in the destruction of European Jewry.


'Lozowick presents a convincing story...'Times Literary Supplement 'Considered solely as a piece of historical scholarship, Hitler's Bureaucrats is an impeccable piece of work. But Lozowick...writes not as a disinterested scholar but as a human being...and it is his moral analysis of the 'banality of evil'
argument that lay readers will find most compelling

.'Book Magazine 'An important book.'Library Journal

About the Author

Yaacov Lozowick is the Director of the Archives at Yad Vashem, Israel's National Authority for commemoration of the Holocaust.

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Publication date

1st May 2003


Yaacov Lozowick

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


320 pages


European history
Second World War
Political leaders & leadership



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