A CONTROVERSY ON
Commissioned by Merel Boers
for the University of Amsterdam
'A controversy on moral judgment' is an historical and a pragma-dialectical perspective by historian Merel Boers on fifteen historian-reviewers of the controversy case on Hannah Arendt’s book 'Eichmann in Jerusalem' in the US, West Germany and France between 1963-1967. This book provides a thorough historical research into the development and content of the discussion of Hannah Arendt’s book , enhances the historiography of the controversy on several important points and looks specifically at the participation of fifteen historian-reviewers in the debate. This textual analyses provides insight into the procedural problems that can occur in a heated discussion of the Holocaust, as well as the ways that discussants attempt to overcome these obstacles. All of these are starting points for further research into the problematic nature of so-called Holocaust controversies, especially for research into the participation of historians in these notoriously difficult discussions.