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Holocaust Quotes

21 of the best book quotes about holocaust
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“The man’s face and body told the story more eloquently than his words: pain-haunted eyes, shaking hands that could not forget.”
Corrie Ten Boom
John and Elizabeth Sherrill
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The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom
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“Their lost voices must continue to be heard.”
Bruno
Shmuel
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“Groups, staring at the ground, looking horribly sad; they all had one thing in common: they were all terribly skinny and their eyes were sunken and they all had shaved heads”
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“Why was being Jewish so dreadful? Why were Jews being treated like this?”
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“I wanted to tell them, that I knew, that I remembered, and that I could not forget.′
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“Sometimes, Miss Jarmond, it’s not easy to bring back the past. There are unpleasant surprises. The truth is harder than ignorance.”
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“She did not bow her head in shame. She stood straight, her chin high. She wiped away the tears.”
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“I cannot bear the weight of my past. Yet I cannot throw away the key to your cupboard.”
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“The eyes of a woman in the face of a ten-year-old girl.”
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“The girl wondered: These policemen... didn’t they have families, too? Didn’t they have children? Children they went home to? How could they treat children this way? Were they told to do so, or did they act this way naturally? Were they in fact machines, not human beings? She looked closely at them. They seemed of flesh and bone. They were men. She couldn’t understand.”
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“I’ll find a way to go back and save him, I’ll find a way.”
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“In that sheltered, gentle life that seemed far away, the girl would have believed her mother. She used to believe everything her mother said. But in this harsh new world, the girl felt she had grown up. She felt older than her mother. She knew the other women were saying the truth. She knew the rumors were true. She did not know how to explain this to her mother. Her mother had become like a child.”
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“She had grown up too much to be afraid anymore. She was no longer a baby. Her parents would be proud of her. That’s what she wanted them to be. Proud because she had escaped from that camp. Proud because she was going to Paris, to save her brother. Proud, because she wasn’t afraid.”
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“You get attached to places, you know. Like people, I suppose.”
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“There came the news, at first somewhat guarded, then, a few days later, clear and outspoken, of the German concentration camps.”
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“I will be brave. I am the only one who knows about the ovens, but I will be brave. I will not take away their hope, which is all they have. I will not tell them that the Nazis often lied and said people were going to take showers when they took them to be killed.”
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“Overhead the swallows dipped down to catch bugs rising from the ground. Then they soared back up beyond the barracks. Hannah watched them for a moment, scarcely breathing. It was as if all nature ignored what went on in the camp. There were brilliant sunsets and soft breezes. Around the commandant’s house, bright flowers were teased by the wind. Once she’d seen a fox cross the meadow to disappear into the forest.“
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“We are all monsters because we are letting it happen.”
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“Live,” he whispered. “For my Chaya. For all our Chayas. Live. And remember.”
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“But as the scissors snip-snapped through her hair and the razor shaved the rest, she realized with a sudden awful panic that she could no longer recall anything from the past. I cannot remember, she whispered to herself.”
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“Six million,” Hannah said, “but that’s not all the Jews there are. In the end, in the future, there will be Jews still. And there will be Israel, a Jewish state, where there will be a Jewish president and a Jewish senate. And in America, Jewish movie stars.”

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