Eichmann in Jerusalem


Hannah Arendt

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Einsatzgruppen Term Analysis

S.S. “task forces” or execution squads that massacred roughly two million civilians during World War Two, particularly in Poland.

Einsatzgruppen Quotes in Eichmann in Jerusalem

The Eichmann in Jerusalem quotes below are all either spoken by Einsatzgruppen or refer to Einsatzgruppen. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Eichmann in Jerusalem published in 1963.
Chapter 9 Quotes

Eichmann himself, after “consulting Poliakoff and Reitlinger,” produced seventeen multicolored charts, which contributed little to a better understanding of the intricate bureaucratic machinery of the Third Reich, although his general description—“everything was always in a state of continuous flux, a steady stream”—sounded plausible to the student of totalitarianism, who knows that the monolithic quality of this form of government is a myth.

Related Characters: Adolf Eichmann, Heinrich Himmler
Page Number: 152
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Einsatzgruppen Term Timeline in Eichmann in Jerusalem

The timeline below shows where the term Einsatzgruppen appears in Eichmann in Jerusalem. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: The Final Solution: Killing
The Banality of Evil Theme Icon
Conscience, Authority, and Totalitarianism Theme Icon
Unlike the early massacres conducted by Einsatzgruppen with the backing of the German army, the Final Solution was not associated with the... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Killing Centers in the East
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Zionism and Nazism Theme Icon
There are four points in question. The first involves Eichmann’s role in the Einsatzgruppen’s mass murders. He was present at the planning meeting but not even connected to the... (full context)