Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Writing On The Wall: Private And Public Tragedies

Recently I sat in a café/restaurant in Jerusalem where the decor consisted of old newspapers. They were  all from May 31st and June 1st 1962. The headlines of one announced in English that Eichmann was to be executed on that day, and the other in Hebrew, Ma'ariv, notified the readers that his ashes were already scattered in international waters in the Mediterranean.
May 31st 1962 will remain in our nation's history as the day when the Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann, the only person ever to be sentenced to death in Israel, was hanged. The trial and Eichmann’s execution were followed closely by the whole country, and was immortalized by Hannah Arendt, who followed the trial, in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963).

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