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Author QuotedHannah Arendt
Title QuotedEichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/04/02
QuotationAdolf Eichmann, in his last words at the foot of the gallows- Declared himself a Gottes[un]gläubiger-(one who did not believe in a personal god). And then addressed those present "After a short while, gentleman, we shall all meet again." "Such is the fate of all men. Long live Germany, long live Argentina, long live Austria; I shall not forget them." H. Arendt comments. "In the face of death he had found the cliche used in funeral oratory, but his memory had played him one last trick, he had forgotten that he was no Christian and that it was his own funeral. It was as though in his last minutes he was summing up the lesson that his long course in human wickedness had taught him-the lesson of the fearsome, word-and thought-defying banality of evil."
Quotation SourceTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 310
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