Hannah Arendt* Escapes Nazi Germany

(Hannah and her mother) crossed to Czechoslovakia (then still safe) by a method that sounds almost too fabulous to be true: a sympathetic German family on the border had a house with its front door in Germany and its back door in Czechoslovakia. The family would invite people for dinner, then let them leave through the back door at night.

*A Jewish-German philosopher who wrote the definitive analysis of Adolf Eichmann’s crimes and coined the phrase ‘the banality of evil’ to summarise Nazi crimes.

Sarah Bakewell At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails p95


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