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Jean Améry

“[F]or me, being a Jew means feeling the tragedy of yesterday as an inner oppression. On my left forearm I bear the Auschwitz number; it reads more briefly than the Pentateuch or the Talmud and yet provides more thorough information. It is also more binding than basic formulas of Jewish existence. If to myself and the world, including the religious and nationally minded Jews, who do not regard me as one of their own, I say: I am a Jew, then I mean by that those realities and possibilities that are summed up in the Auschwitz number.”


Jean Amery, At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and Its Realities
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At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and Its Realities At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and Its Realities by Jean Améry
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