Breaking the acoustic wall between the Kastner and Eichmann trials

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Takes the unusual approach of considering together the Kasztner trial (1954-55) and the Eichmann trial (1961) to discuss the issue of judging the Holocaust in a court of law. Compares the views of Israeli Supreme Court Justice Simon Agranat, who overturned the earlier conviction of Kasztner as a "traitor", with those of Hannah Arendt on method of judgment, objectivity in judgment, and interpretation of law. Concludes that, taken together, their ideas offer a new conception of judgment that rejects prevailing ideologies, partly by espousing that those who judge "go visit" the world of the one being judged. Such an approach leads Agranat, but not Arendt, to exonerate Kasztner. Neither, of course, exonerates Eichmann, but they have different understandings of his role within Nazi Germany. While Arendt and Agranat agree on Israel’s right to try Eichmann, they differ in their reasons.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe History of Law in a Multi-Cultural Society
Subtitle of host publicationIsrael 1917-1967
EditorsRon Harris, Alexandre Kedar, Pnina Lahav, Likhovski Assaf
Place of PublicationAldershot
Publisher Ashgate
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)0754621456
StatePublished - 2002

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Agranat, Shimon -- 1906-
  • Arendt, Hannah -- 1906-1975
  • Court proceedings -- Israel
  • Eichmann, Adolf -- 1906-1962
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Israel -- Influence
  • Kasztner, Rezső Rudolf -- 1906-1957
  • War crime trials


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