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February 2024, Issue 526 Stuart Jeffries on Hannah Arendt * Norma Clarke on Thomas Hardy * Rosemary Ashton on death & the Victorians * Richard V Reeves on equality * Jeremy Harte on the last peasants * Charles Foster on animal communication *  Jason Goodwin on Istanbul * Donald Rayfield on the Russian Civil War * Kathryn Hughes on brat cats * Tim Hornyak on Japanese gangsters * James Le Fanu on gene therapy * Jude Cook on Howard Jacobson * Richard Canning on Michael Cunningham * Michael Taylor on slavery *  Craig Clunas on Orientalism *  Michael White on political diaries * H Kumarasingham on Labour's first government * Nicholas Clee on publishing then & now *  and much, much more…

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We Are Free to Change the World: Hannah Arendt’s Lessons in Love and Disobedience

By Lyndsey Stonebridge

When Hannah Arendt looked at the man wearing an ill-fitting suit in the bulletproof dock inside a Jerusalem courtroom in 1961, she saw something different from everybody else. The prosecution, writes Lyndsey Stonebridge, ‘saw an ancient crime in modern garb, and portrayed Eichmann as the latest monster in the long history of anti-Semitism who had simply used novel methods to take hatred for Jews to a new level’. Arendt thought otherwise. Adolf Eichmann was on trial after being captured by Israeli agents in Argentina and brought to Israel to face charges of being a leading organiser of the Holocaust. Arendt was there to report on the trial for the New Yorker. ... read more

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