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Holocaust

  • ... Dachau has been my own lifelong point of no return. Between the moment when I walked through the gate of that prison, with its infamous motto, 'Arbeit Macht Frei,' and when I walked out at the end of a day that had no ordinary scale of hours, I was changed, and how I looked at the human condition, the world we live in, changed ... Years of war had taught me a great deal, but war was nothing like Dachau. Compared to Dachau, war was clean.

  • Why the black answer of hate / to your existence, Israel? / ... / In the others' choir / you always sang / one note lower / or one note higher ...

    • Nelly Sachs,
    • "Why the black answer of hate," O the Chimneys ()
  • O the chimneys / On the ingeniously devised habitations of death / When Israel's body drifted as smoke / Through the air ...

  • World, do not ask those snatched from death / where they are going, / they are always going to their graves.

    • Nelly Sachs,
    • "World, do not ask those snatched from death," O the Chimneys ()
  • The evil of the Holocaust was realized through the exercise of a certain kind of power — coercive power. It was a power that sought to dominate and control. It was a power legitimated through law, buttressed by propaganda, augmented by terror, and affected through all the institutions of society.

    • Mary Jo Leddy,
    • in Carol Rittner and John K. Roth, eds., Different Voices: Women and the Holocaust ()
  • [During a pre-war interview with Hitler when he screamed at her, 'The Jews! The Jews! What are you doing about the Jews in America?':] Why nothing. We think we're just as good as they are.