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Quote of the Day: Tadeusz Borowski

Writing of his experiences in the Nazi death camps in This way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentleman

“The whole world is really like the concentration camp; the weak work for the strong, and if they have no strength or will to work – then let them steal, or let them die.

The world is ruled by neither justice nor morality; crime is not punished nor virtue rewarded, one is forgotten as quickly as the other. The world is ruled by power and power is obtained with money. To work is senseless, because money cannot be obtained through work but through exploitation of others. And if we cannot exploit as much as we wish, at least let us work as little as we can. Moral duty? We believe neither in the morality of man nor in the morality of systems. In German cities the store windows are filled with books and religious objects, but the smoke from the crematoria still hovers above the forests…

Certainly, we might run away from the world to a desert island. But could we really? So let no one be surprised that rather than choose the life of Robinson Crusoe, we prefer to put our trust in Ford. Rather than return to nature – we vote for capitalism. Responsibility for the world? But can a man living in a world such as ours be responsible even for himself? It is not our fault that the world is bad, and we do not want to die changing it. We want to live – that is all.”

Tadeusz Borowski committed suicide at the age of 28 on July 1, 1951.

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