Hannah Arendt's testimony: judging in a lawless world

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2009 Number 67

Hannah Arendt's testimony: judging in a lawless world
Lyndsey Stonebridge pages -


Lyndsey Stonebridge discusses the interpretative questions raised by Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, Hannah Arendt’s irreverent account of the 1961 Eichmann trial. Arendt’s mordant humour and refusal of pathos was seen by many as inappropriately out of tune with an emerging politics of memory and testimony. Stonebridge places her ‘refusal to inhabit a rhetoric of trauma’ within Arendt’s larger concern with ways to think about judgement and responsibility during the 1960s and 1970s. In particular she targets Arendt’s ‘apparent repudiation of the transformative power of the testimonies of surviving witnesses’ - an issue at the centre of post-Holocaust ethics.

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