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July 19, 2012

The Banality of Evil

by Pete Molloy

Article published by The Anglican Planet, Thursday, February 23, 2012 In the decades that followed WWII, intellectuals from far-reaching fields – history, philosophy, psychology and theology, to name just a few – pursued the question: "How could the Holocaust have taken place?" This is an enormously complex question and, of course, there is no shortage of contributing factors. If we are to learn from history, we must ask how if one pocket of western civilization could execute such a heinous national agenda with a complicit citizenry, how can other other parts who share the same philosophic, moral and cultural foundations avoid such a brutal turn? Hannah Arendt, herself a German Jew forced to flee Germany in 1933, was one of the most infl... Read more