The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”
“We cannot understand Fascism, but we can and must understand from where it springs, and we must be on our guard…because what happened can happen agai. For this reason, it is everyone’s duty to reflect on what happened.”
“The inability to identify with others was unquestionably the most important psychological condition for the fact that something like Auschwitz could have occurred in the midst of more or less civilized and innocent people.
What is called ‘fellow traveling’ [collaboration] was primarily business interest: one pursues one’s own advantage before all else and, simply not to endanger oneself, does not talk too much. That is a general law of the status quo.”
“The perpetrators were scholars, doctors, nurses, justice officials, the police and the health and workers’ administration. The victims were poor, desperate, rebellious or in need of help. They came from psychiatric clinics and childrens hospitals, from old age homes and welfare institutions, from military hospitals and internment camps.”
Commemorative Tablet at Tiergartenstraße 4, Berlin
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