This institution represented an attempt to shift on to others — specifically, the victims — the burden of guilt, so that they were deprived of even the solace of innocence. It is neither easy nor agreeable to dredge this abyss of viciousness, and yet I think it must be done because what it was possible to perpetrate yesterday can be attempted again tomorrow. […] One is tempted to turn away with a grimace and close one’s mind: this is a temptation one must resist.

– Primo Levi, The Drowned and the Saved (1986)


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