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Author QuotedAndre Schwartz-Bart
Title QuotedLast of the Just
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/02/13
ImprintNew York : Atheneum. 1960
QuotationFinished the Last of the Just [Andre Schwartz-Bart, New York, 1960], which is a tremendously moving thing, and says a great deal. Compassion in the midst of the inexorable absurdity and violence and madness of Nazism. Pity is the center. Pity as an absolute, more central than truth ("There is no place for truth here," says the Just man on the way to Auschwitz). And that Christians have come in the end to hate Christ. And that the Jews are Christ.
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 202
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