The capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in May of 1960 and his subsequent trial in Jerusalem by an Israeli court electrified the world. The public debate it sparked on where, how, and by whom Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice, and the international media coverage of the trial itself, was a watershed moment in how the civilized world in general and Holocaust survivors in particular found the means to deal with the legacy of genocide on a scale that had never been seen before.
Award-winning historian Deborah E. Lipstadt gives us an overview of the trial and analyzes the dramatic effect that the survivors' courtroom testimony-which was itself not without controversy-had on a world that had until then regularly commemorated the Holocaust but never fully understood what the millions who died and the hundreds of thousands who managed to survive had actually experienced. As the world continues to confront the ongoing reality of genocide and ponder the fate of those who survive it, this trial of the century, which has become a touchstone for judicial proceedings throughout the world, offers a legal, moral, and political framework for coming to terms with unfathomable evil. Lipstadt infuses a gripping narrative with historical perspective and contemporary urgency.
©2011 Deborah E. Lipstadt (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
"Having covered the Eichmann trial myself, I can warmly recommend Deborah Lipstadt's important analysis of its fascinating perspectives." (Elie Wiesel)
"A penetrating and authoritative dissection of a landmark case and its after effects." (Publishers Weekly)
In part a response to Eichmann in Jerusalem and to a misunderstood libel trial involving David Irving in England -it seems USA law is so much fairer! - this book takes the very real murder of Jews as the only killing worth mentioning - forget the disabled, mentally unwell, gay people, travellers, dissenting priests, etc. This is not only a Jewish history, but the story of everyone who did not match up to some "Aryan" standard, or who stood up against this mad ideology.
"Lots of poor pronunciation"
At least every 10 minutes William Dixon mispronounces a word or name, such as labyrinthine! Very distracting. With a nonfiction work set mainly in Israel, couldn't the publisher make an effort to find someone who doesn't know how to pronounce words in English, much less Hebrew. Very distracting in spite of his blandly pleasant voice.
"Original take on an old story"
fresh, new perspective.
This retelling of the Eichmann story mentions details and events often left out of other books written on the subject.
When Eichmann expressed sympathy for the interrogator's murdered father.
I think the other comments about this book are a bit harsh. It may not be the best book on the subject, but it offers a new perspective. Peter Malkin and Zvi Aharoni, two of the agents who captured Eichmann, have written about their experiences and those books should also be read by anybody who had read this one. Over all, I would say that this book is certainly worth reading. It also explores the issue of holocaust denial and the psychology behind Nazism. Although the narrator sounded inexperienced, it was still an enjoyable and educational audiobook.
"Clearly Written, Authoritative Analysis"
Renowned historian, Deborah Lipstadt offers a clearly written, authoritative analysis of the courtroom proceedings and of the debates surrounding it. This excellent audio book is gripping from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
"uninspiring and little bit preachy"
An uninspiring history lesson. This is the fascinating story of a fascinating historical event told with no sense of drama and leaning towards a one sided view of history that is almost as "preachy" in it's tone as it is boring to listen too... thats my own opinion. It's painted in black and white, presented as Eichmann = evil, Jews = Good. He is de-humanised and basically kept outside of his own story... I'm not supporting the man AT ALL but it just doesn't make for an interesting listen. It's preachy and told without a sense of human drama.
There is much pain and suffering in the Jewish collective consciousness, Lipstadt seems to want to channel that into a revenge myth that serves as a vehicle for her own beliefs about Israel in the present day.
"Is this about the author or about the event?"
This book is terrible. The author's self-importance diminishes the significance of the event, as impossible as that sounds. It resembles a bad, chip-on-the-shoulder blog entry. Not worthy of the title of "history."
"Avoid this one"
Literally half this book has nothing to do with Adolph Eichmann or his trial. The frist hour and a half of this book deals with the author's libel trial in England against David Irving. She then briefly goes into Eichmanns capture and transportation to Israel. Her discussion of the trial and it's participants is sketchy at best. No insight into the mind of Eichmann is brought to light. Adolph Eichmann is hanged and there is stilll almost two hours of the book left. The listener is then introduced to the philosphy of Hannah Arendt, a self hating jew from the 60's. who believed that the jews were as much to blame for the holocaust as the nazis. WHO CARES !!
If you want to learn about Eichmann, get the movie, The Man Who Captured Eichmann staring Robert Duvall.
"Good look at trial but nothing new"
My interest in the subject started way before this book.
Yes pretty much so. Nothing new though that I wasn't already familiar with.
He wasn't as bad as some have said. I didn't like his pronunciation of a few words.
The author over uses the word Jewry which Ive not heard any other authors use. The narrator sounds like he's saying jewelry all the time.
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