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By Jean Amery

At the Mind's Limits is the tale of 1 man's fight to appreciate the truth of horror. In 5 autobiographical essays, Jean Amery describes his survival -- psychological, ethical, and actual -- throughout the enormity of the Holocaust. particularly, this masterful list of introspection tells of a tender Viennese intellectual's fervent imaginative and prescient of human nature and the betrayal of that imaginative and prescient. Amery depicts the futile makes an attempt of the mind to deal with the overpowering realities of Auschwitz. His torture is perceived as a discount of self to the merely actual, with an accompanying lack of religion on the planet. He struggles to come back to phrases with exile from his native land in addition to his emotions upon returning to the rustic of his persecutors. eventually, Amery, as soon as the definitely peripheral Jew, explains how whole reputation of his Jewish id, as forced via his stories in Auschwitz, is the one means within which he can regain human dignity.

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At home we are in full command of the dia­ lectics of knowledge and recognition, of trust and confidence. Since we know them, we recognize them and we trust ourselves to speak and to act —for we may have justified confidence in our knowledge and recognition. The entire field of the related w'ords loyal, familiar, confidence, to trust, to entrust, trusting belongs in the broader psychological area of feeling secure. One feels secure, however, where no chance occurrence is to be expected, nothing completely strange to be feared.

He drove with the Gestapo men to the homes of his comrades and in extreme zeal encouraged them to confess just everything, but absolutely everything, that was their only hope, and it was, he said, a question of paying any price in order to escape torture. And I knew another, a Bulgarian professional revolutionary, who had been subjected to torture compared to wrhich mine was only a some­ what strenuous sport, and who had remained silent, simply and steadfastly silent. Also the unforgettable Jean Moulin, who is buried in the Pantheon in Paris, shall be remembered here.

But with the first blow from a policeman's fist, against which there can be no defense and which no helping hand will ward off, a part of our life ends and it can never again be revived. Here it must be added, of course, that the reality of the police blows must first of all be accepted, because the existential fright from the first blow quickly fades and there is still room in the psyche for a number of practical considerations. Even a sudden joyful surprise is felt; for the physical pain is not at all unbearable.

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