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A good autobiography is like a document: a mirror of the age on which people can depend. In a novel, by contrast, its not the facts that matter, but precisely what you add to the facts.
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Modern life is organised so that you benefit at the expense of the other, and the most extreme example of that is a camp.

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The Holocaust survivor who knows Auschwitz through the experience of suffering observes it all from the perspective assigned to him. He keeps silent or gives interviews to the Spielberg Foundation, he accepts the compensation payments promised him after a fifty-year delay, or, if he is prominent, he makes a speech in the Swedish Academy.

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I have not changed my opinion that the Holocaust is a trauma of European civilization.

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If the world is an objective reality that exists independently of us, then humans themselves, even in their own eyes, are nothing more than objects, and their life stories merely a series of disconnected historical accidents, which they may wonder at, but which they themselves have nothing to do with.

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No one in my family wrote. And there was no real introduction. I suppose I somehow blundered into it when I was about six or seven years old. I was asked what present I would like, and, without knowing why, I responded that I would like a journal. It was a beautiful journal - so beautiful that I didn't want to sully it.

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