One day I was able to get up, after gathering all my strength. I wanted to see myself in the mirror hanging on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me.
That I survived the Holocaust and went on to love beautiful girls, to talk, to write, to have toast and tea and live my life – that is what is abnormal.
Writing is like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate, in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain
Did I write it so as not to go mad or, on the contrary, to go mad in order to understand the nature of madness?
There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don’t see them.
You cannot write in more than one language. Words don’t come out as well.
Some stories are true that never happened.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
The Holocaust is a sacred subject. One should take off one’s shoes when entering its domain, one should tremble each time one pronounces the word.
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.
Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.
There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.
The only way for us to help ourselves is to help others and to listen to each other’s stories.
Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.