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Hitler Will Tell You This Camp Was Set Up In The Name of God – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 4th, 2012 · No Comments · Humanism, Ideology, Morality, Philosophy, Religion

A conversation between and old Bolshevik and a former Tolstoyan in a German concentration camp:

‘Where acts of violence are committed,’ he explained to Mostovskoy, ‘sorrow reigns and blood must flow. I saw the sufferings of the peasantry with my own eyes – and yet collectivisation was carried out in the name of Good. I don’t believe in your “Good”. I believe in human kindness.’

‘So you want us to be horrified when Hitler and Himmler are strung up on the gallows in the name of Good? You can count me out!’

‘You ask Hitler,’ said Ikonnikov, ‘and he’ll tell you that even this camp was set up in the name of Good.’

During these arguments Mostovskoy felt like a man fighting off a jellyfish with a knife. The thrusts of his logic were powerless.

‘The world had progressed no further,’ repeated Ikonnikov, ‘than the truth spoken by a sixth-century Christian’” “Condemn the sin and forgive the sinner.”’.

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