Photo Gallery: Genocide's Middle Managers

Photo Gallery: Genocide's Middle Managers

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Holocaust as Career The Khmer Rouge, the Nazis and the Banality of Evil

Hannah Arendt used the phrase 'the banality of evil' to describe Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi bureaucrat who hastened millions to their deaths. SPIEGEL columnist Erich Follath points out the striking similarities between Eichmann and "Duch," the Khmer Rouge official now on trial, which indicates just how universal the propensity for evil really is.
Von Erich Follath
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan