„Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.“

— Elie Wiesel, Context: Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair. I remember the killers, I remember the victims, even as I struggle to invent a thousand and one reasons to hope.

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