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Would You Not Do The Same? – “If This Is A Man” – Primo Levi

April 12th, 2012 · No Comments · Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Prose, Writing

And night came, and it was such a night that one knew that human eyes would not witness it and survive. Everyone felt this: not one of the guards, neither Italian nor German, had the courage to come and see what men do when they know they have to die. All took leave from life in the manner which most suited them. Some praying, some deliberately drunk, others lustfully intoxicated for the last time. But the mothers stayed up to prepare the food for the journey with tender care, and washed their children and packed the luggage; and at dawn the barbed wire was full of children’s washing hung out in the wind to dry. Nor did they forget the diapers, the toys, the cushions and the hundred other small things which mothers remember and which children always need.

Would you not do the same? If you and your child were going to be killed tomorrow, would you not give him to eat today?

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