The monster, as we know it, died in 1963 when Hannah Arendt published her ‘Report on the Banality of Evil’ entitled Eichmann in Jerusalem. Adolf Eichmann, as the representative of a system of unspeakable horror, stood trial for ‘Crimes Committed Against Humanity’. Arendt refused, in her report, to grant the power of horror to the ordinary looking man who stood trial. While the press commented on the monster who hides behind the banal appearance, Arendt turned the equation around and recognised the banality of a monstrosity that functions as a bureaucracy.
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