By Jean Amery
"These are pages that one reads with virtually actual pain...all the technique to its stoic conclusion." -- Primo Levi"The testimony of a profoundly severe man.... In its each flip and crease, it bears the marks of the true." -- Irving Howe, New Republic"This impressive memoir...is the autobiography of an awfully acute sense of right and wrong. With the ear of a poet and the attention of a novelist, Amery vividly communicates the ask yourself of a thinker -- a ask yourself right here aroused through the 'dark riddle' of the Nazi regime and its systematic sadism." -- Jim Miller, Newsweek"Whoever has succumbed to torture can now not believe at domestic on the earth. The disgrace of destruction can't be erased. belief on the planet, which already collapsed partly on the first blow, yet finally, lower than torture, absolutely, should not regained. That one's fellow guy was once skilled because the antiman continues to be within the tortured individual as accrued horror. It blocks the view right into a international within which the main of desire ideas. one that was once martyred is a defenseless prisoner of worry. it's worry that henceforth reigns over him." -- Jean AmeryAt the Mind's Limits is the tale of 1 man's extraordinary fight to appreciate the truth of horror. In 5 autobiographical essays, Amery describes his survival -- psychological, ethical, and actual -- throughout the enormity of the Holocaust. exceptionally, this masterful checklist of introspection tells of a tender Viennese intellectual's fervent imaginative and prescient of human nature and the betrayal of that imaginative and prescient.
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I have forgotten nothing, including the few brave people I encountered. They are with me: the disabled soldier Herbert Karp from Danzig, who in Auschwitz-Monowitz shared his last cigarette with me; Willy Schneider, Catholic worker from Essen, who addressed me by my already forgotten first name and gave me bread; the chemicals foreman, Matthaus, who said to me with an anguished sigh on June 6, 1944: "Finally, they have landed! " I have many a good comrade. There was the Wehrmacht soldier from Munich, who tossed a burning cigarette through the cell bars after I had been tortured in Breendonk.
But am I attempting this rejoinder in full command of my mental powers? Mistrustingly, I examine myself. " I read in a recently published book about "Delayed Psychic Effects After Political Persecution" that all of us are not only physically but also mentally damaged. The character traits that make up our personality are distorted. Nervous restlessness, hostile withdrawal into one's own self are the typical signs of our sickness. " That causes me to recall fleetingly the way my arms were twisted high behind my back when they tortured me.
The character traits that make up our personality are distorted. Nervous restlessness, hostile withdrawal into one's own self are the typical signs of our sickness. " That causes me to recall fleetingly the way my arms were twisted high behind my back when they tortured me. But it also sets me the task of defining anew our warped state, namely as a form of the human condition that morally as well as historically is of a higher order than that of healthy straightness. Thus I must delimit our resentments on two sides and shield them against two explications: that of Nietzsche, who morally condemned resentment, and that of modern psychology, which is able to picture it only as a disturbing conflict.
At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and Its Realities by Jean Amery