by Dr. Gerhard Falk
Banality of Evil
is a phrase coined by the late
Professor Hannah Arendt, who taught philosophy at Columbia University. Arendt is
best known for her books The Origin of Totalitarianism and Eichmann in
Jerusalem. A German / Jewish holocaust survivor, she concerned herself with
“banal” means common and refers in this context to the explanation Arendt
gives the Holocaust, which most writers say cannot be explained. Her explanation
is the same as that of Daniel Goldhagen in his book Hitler’s Willing
Executioners, which shows in great detail that the ordinary European,
whether German or French, Ukrainian or Polish, Lithuanian or Hungarian, was
willing to slaughter his Jewish neighbors for money, for ambition, for religious
fanaticism or for sadism. Those who committed these crimes were neither
psychotic nor unusual. They were ordinary people given an extraordinary
opportunity to do the worst.
covered the Eichmann trial in 1961 and reported that Eichmann was in fact a very
ordinary man who organized the mass transport of Jews into the gas chambers
without showing any emotional disturbance whatever. Likewise, Goldhagen shows
that ordinary German killers were capable of murdering their Jewish neighbors
without any sense of guilt or remorse.
therefore whether only Europeans and their Arab allies can kill without any
feeling or any regard for their victims. Only last week the Arab murderers
slaughtered 12 Jews walking to Shabbat services near the tomb of the patriarchs
We ask, as
human beings, how it is possible for other humans to be so malicious and brutal
and feel nothing but pride in their crimes?
have studied this phenomenon for some time and have some answers. We note that
brutal criminals will use techniques of neutralization to literally
“neutralize” their conscience. See if the Arab – European Alliance do not
use one of these arguments every time they murder a Jew.
responsibility - the fault lies only with Ariel Sharon and other Jews. The
killers are not responsible.
Denial of injury
- the Jews have “all the money”. Therefore they are not really injured
even if some are murdered. Killing Jews is not murder.
Denial of the
victim - the Jews have it coming. They have no right to live in the
condemner - those who object to the indiscriminate murder of Jews did
worse when they bombed Hiroshima in World War II.
Appeal to higher
loyalties - Allah wants us to kill Jews. We owe loyalty to A.R. Fat. We
are defending the Arab honor.
criminals also use these techniques of neutralization and those of us who
mistreat other Jews do so as well. I have seen the economic destruction of
people who were deprived of their livelihood by vicious tactics and malicious
innuendos and then heard the perpetrators use the five techniques just mentioned
to excuse their conduct. There are those willing to deprive children of the
support of their fathers and mothers and then use these excuses to justify their
techniques are universal and require no particular psychiatric condition to be
applied. The victim is always at fault when in fact the real reason for so much
cruelty is resentment against achievement.
the Jews be successful and give the world an Einstein and a Jonas Salk? Now ask
yourself this. Have you ever met an anti-Jewish hate monger who refused the
vaccine against polio meningitis because Salk was a Jew? How about someone who
won’t be treated with orio-myacine beccause Waksman was a Jew? Are there any
hate mongers who won’t sing “God Bless America” because the composer
Irving Berlin was a Jew?
resentment against achievement exists in the Jewish community as well. We know
of highly successful professionals who were ruined by the hate mongers in their
profession aided and abetted by other Jews. Believe it. I can illustrate it
think about this let us always remember that in the end the haters lose. Love
wins and those who curse Israel are cursed while those who bless Israel are
blessed. So says the Torah. So say we.
Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications,
A New Look at the Supporting Generation (with Dr. Ursula A., Falk, 2002),
& Man's Ascent to Reason (2002).