Eichmann in Jerusalem. It’s about time I read this one, and it’s a good time to read it. It is, as the foreword explains and everyone will remind you, a flawed and tricky account. But nonetheless it submerges you in details and gives a really interesting perspective. An especially interesting passage:
Like almost everybody else in Israel, he believed that only a Jewish court could render justice to Jews, and that it was the business of Jews to sit in judgment on their enemies. Hence the almost universal hostility in Israel to the mere mention of an international court which would have indicted Eichmann, not for crimes “against the Jewish people,” but for crimes against mankind committed on the body of the Jewish people.
This immediately brought forth feelings of today. Toni Morrison quotes this passage in Birth of a Nation’hood: Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O. J. Simpson Case. And it rings of the all-white jury and one of the central tenets of BLM - that individual events should be considered in historical context - in Jerusalem’s case, the historical persecution of the Jewish people, and in others, the historical racism in America.