Hannah Arendt (1906 – 1975) was a German Jew who had fled to Paris and then later the USA in 1941. A noted political theorist, her reports on Adolf Eichmann’s trial were originally published in The New Yorker in 1962. They were released in book form a year later, with the subtitle, ‘A Report on the Banality of Evil’, due to Arendt’s belief that the defendant had committed crimes through a belief in following orders, rather than psychopathic tendencies. Eichmann had been a senior Nazi, tasked by Reinhard Heydrich to manage the administrative side of the deportation of Jews to ghettos, concentration camps and death camps. After the war he fled to Argentina with false papers, where he lived and worked until 1960. Mossad located him and brought him to Israel for trial, which resulted in his execution.