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Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Buchskulptur mit Namen berühmter deutscher Schriftsteller als Teil des Walk of Ideas in Berlin. Photo: Maarten Brinkerink, Lizenz: CC by-sa 2.0
Buchskulptur mit Namen be­-
rühmter deutscher Schrift-
­steller als Teil des Walk of
in Berlin. Photo: Maarten
Brinkerink, Lizenz: CC by-sa
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Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), studierte Philosophin und Professorin für politische Theorie, hat sich zeit ihres Lebens mit den Ursprüngen totalitärer Herrschaft beschäftigt. Zu ihren bekanntesten Schriften zählen die "Elemente und Ursprünge totaler Herrschaft" sowie "Eichmann in Jerusalem", ihre Beobachtungen zum Prozess gegen den NS-Verbrecher Adolf Eichmann.

Overviews: life and work

Einführung in Hannah Arendts politische Philosophie


A German language thesis on the political philosophy in Hannah Arendt`s works, including references. The focus lies on totalitarianism and revolution, information and communication, and the definition of ´´politics´´. An Italian version is also available. 

Projekt LeMo Hannah Arendt


A German language biography of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) by the German Museum online project. 

Hannah Arendt (Wikipedia)


This article on the life and works of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) and her political thought provides a detailed surview and introspection. A particular focus lies on her views on contemporary history, i.e. totalitarian regimes, National Socialism, and collaboration. It further lists links for further reading. 

Hannah Arendt. Philosophy portal Goethe Institute, Athens


This site is part of a portal maintained by the Athens Goethe Institute, and is accessible in German and Greek. It provides information on the German philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975),i.e. her biography, works and their impact, and translations of her works. 

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Hannah Arendt


The document provides chronological information on the life and works of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) as well as analyses of her thought and the works that influenced her. In particular, her views on totalitarianism, humankind, revolution, and Eichmann in Jerusalem are disscussed.  

Research papers, institutions and networks

Hannah-Arendt-Institut für Totalitarismusforschung e.V. an der TU Dresden (HAIT) / Hannah Arendt Institute for the Research on Totalitarianism at the Technical University of Dresden


The Hannah Arendt Institute deals principally with systematic research on Communism and National Socialism, which in the form of ideological dictatorships decidedly shaped the twentieth century. Their consequences are both a legacy and burden for the present and the future. Comparative perspectives of other state socialist systems add to the research on the SED (Socialist [...] 

Hannah Arendt-Zentrum an der Carl-von-Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg (HAZ) / Hannah Aremdt Centre at the University of Oldenburg


The Hannah Arendt Center organises workshops, conferences and publications on the works of Hannah Arendt and 20th Century philosophy. Its focus lies on the Hannah Arendt archives where large part of the written papers of Hannah Arendt is stored, and available to the academic and general public. 

Hannah Arendt. Net: Journal for political thinking


The journal, which is the successor of a newsletter focusing on Hannah Arendt, pursues an Open Access and peer review policy. 

The Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library of Congress


The Library of Congress stores the manuscripts (including letters, lecture notes, trial notes) written by the political philosopher and journalist Hannah Arendt (1906-1975). This website informs about the type of resources available, their digitisation, the biography of the author, and provides access to three essays reflecting on the impact of Hannah Arendt`s works. Further, [...] 

Hannah-Arendt-Preis für politisches Denken


The German language website informs about the annual prize for political thought that has been appointed in the name of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975). It includes links, references, the list of persons who received the prize in the past, and current issues. The prize is jointly awarded by Heinrich Böll Stiftung and University of Bremen. 


Verborgene Tradition – Unzeitgemäße Aktualität? Hannah Arendt 1906-2006

Anlässlich des 100. GEburtstags von Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) findet eine internationale Tagung statt. Im Tentrum stehen die politische Theorie von Arendt und ihre Aktualität für die Gegenwart. This conference is held in commemoration of the 100th birthday of the philosopher and oolitical journalist Hannah Arendt (1906-1975). the conference will discuss her political [...] 


Günter Gaus im Gespräch mit Hannah Arendt (26.10.1964)


This interview was conducted in October 1964, and its full transcript is printed here. It follows the publication of Hannah Arendts book on the trial against Adolf Eichmann, which she discusses after initially stating the complex relationship of political theory and philosophy, and the role of women in society. (German only) 

´´The philosophical Madonna´´


This interview was conducted on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Hannah Arendts death (4.12.1975). The German-French politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who was acquainted with Hannah Arendt, reflects her political thought and major works (Totalitarianism, Eichmann) particularly with regard to resistance and collaboration. 

Further web resources

Hannah Arendt in Hannover


A German language website by the university of Hanover (where Hannah Arendt was born). It includes references to events that are organised in commemoration of Hannah Arendt. Further links refer to lecture programmes and web resources. 

Hannah Arendt


This German language special issue of the weekly magazine published by the German Centre for Political Education was published on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Hannah Arendt. Individual authors focus on different aspects on her works, particularly as to her reflections on totalitarian regimes. 




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