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Hannah Arendt as a refugee

Hannah Arendt's acknowledgments of the escape's existential impossibility are fiery, and form a fundamental premise in the documentary about the philosopher who himself fled to Paris in a politically polarized era.

Of: Helgard Mahrdt

Migrants and stateless people in large numbers, unwanted everywhere, with no chance of finding a new standpoint that is their own. Without a chance to find a state that wants them as new citizens, and without a chance to regain their human rights. The documentary The Spirit of Hannah Arendt is a reminder of this link in the chain reaction the First World War created. The Israeli-Canadian film from 2015, made by Ada Ushpiz and Ina Fichman and currently appearing at several film festivals, demonstrates one of Hannah Arendt's (1906 – 1975) main acknowledgments – which has a strong topicality these days. Heartbreaking, original black-and-white film clips from Paris in 1936 illustrate Arendt's basic insight that man loses something fundamental if it loses its place in the political community – when it loses its status as a citizen.

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The understanding of evil.
A couple or three years ago, Cinemateket showed another movie about Hannah Arendt: Margarethe von Trotta's feature film Hannah Arendt was about the Judeo-German-American political thinker who, in 1961, traveled to Jerusalem to write for the journal The New Yorker on the lawsuit against Adolf Eichmann, one of the largest Nazi criminals responsible for the Jewish transport to Auschwitz. Then The New Yorker published Arendt's report,. . .

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