Watch ‘Zur Person: Hannah Arendt’ in Shanghai on February 23
Jewish-American political theorist Hannah Arendt was born in 1906 in what’s now Hanover, Germany. She studied philosophy with Martin Heidegger, with whom she also carried out a decades-long on again, off again relationship, both before and after he became a member of the Nazi Party.
Arendt escaped Europe during the Nazi holocaust, moving to New York where she wrote books including The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) and The Human Condition (1958), and covered the trial of Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann for The New Yorker, coining the phrase “the banality of evil”.
In 1964, she was interviewed by journalist Günter Gaus, the presenter of a West German TV show called Zur Person (This Person). In the interview, Arendt discusses a wide range of topics including the difference between philosophy and politics, gender, and controversy over her reporting on Eichmann, which formed the focus of the 2013 biopic, Hannah Arendt.
We’ll be screening the interview in German with English subtitles. Watch a clip below.
Doors open Thursday February 23 at 6.30pm for a 7pm screening. Flamingo Shanghai, 7/F, Building 11, 207 Mengzi Road (between Xietu Road and Liyuan Road), near Madang Road metro station.
- Article by Bonnie Wang