Sunday, June 30, 2013


Portions in German with English subtitles

Johanna “Hannah”Arendt (October 1906 – December 1975) was a German-American political theorist and philosopher. Born in Germany she fled her native country for France after being interrogated by the Gestapo and was then stripped of her German citizenship. With the occupation of France in 1940 she escaped to the United States becoming a naturalized citizen in 1950. For years she taught at several different American universities and became a well known author in addition to writing articles for various magazines.

Barbara Sukowa: Professor Hannah Arendt
Axel Milberg: her husband Heinrich Blücher
Janet McTeer: her friend novelist Mary McCarthy
Michael Degen: her long time friend and colleague Kurt Blumenfeld
Klaus Pohl: her first lover and mentor Martin Heidegger
Nicolas Woodeson: William Shawn, the New Yorker magazine Editor in chief

Given the assignment by the New Yorker to cover the 1961 war crimes trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi Gestapo chief in charge of Jewish Affairs, her assessment of the man and the involvement of Jewish leaders soon became controversial.


for war related thematic material.

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