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Children of Memory
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If, in heaven, my grosser qualities were to be purged away, leaving me all “good,” so much the worse. The devil was the pepper in my curry; remove it, and how flat the dish would taste.
Chris Ainsworth
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Milton Sanford Mayer
“think,” says Professor Carl Hermann, who never left his homeland, “that even now the outside world does not realize how surprised we non-Nazis were in 1933. When mass dictatorship occurred in Russia, and then in Italy, we said to one another, ‘That is what happens in backward countries. We are fortunate, for all our troubles, that it cannot happen here.’ But it did, worse even than elsewhere, and I think that all the explanations leave some mystery. When I think of it all, I still say, with unbelief, ‘Germany—no, not Germany.”
Milton Sanford Mayer, They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933–45

Geraldine Brooks
“The tips of his fingers glistened with the lamb grease from my cheek. I brought them to my lips and licked them, slowly, one by one.”
Geraldine Brooks, People of the Book

Dan Rather
“Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, said, “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.”
Dan Rather, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

Milton Sanford Mayer
“To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it—please try to believe me—unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.”
Milton Sanford Mayer, They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933–45

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