In this week’s Amor Mundi, we examine Bettina Stangneth’s treatment of Adolf Eichmann, appreciate the moment of discovery when seeking to learn a foreign language, appreciate Zephyr Teachout’s research into the national legacy of corruption in American politics, and much more.

"[Bettina] Stangneth argues, with good reason, that Eichmann was indeed a convinced Nazi. He believed that history was a contest of the races, that Jews had been successful for centuries because of their skill, and that for Aryans to survive and be victorious, the Jews had to be eliminated." Read more: http://www.hannaharendtcenter.org/?p=14259

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"We refuse, and consider as barbaric, the propositions ‘that a great crime offends nature, so that the very earth cries out for vengeance; that evil violates a natural harmony which only retribution can restore; that a wronged collectivity owes a duty to the moral order to punish the criminal’ (Yosal Rogat). And yet I think it is undeniable that it was precisely on the ground of these long-forgotten propositions that Eichmann was brought to justice to begin with, and that they were, in fact, the supreme justification for the death penalty." Read more in this week’s Weekend Read.