Notebook

Conversation  with Stühler senior: “I shall bear witness.” — “The things you write down, everybody knows, and the big things, Kiev, Minsk, etc, you know nothing about.” — “It’s not the big things that are important to me, but the everyday life of tyranny, which gets forgotten. A thousand mosquito bites are worse than a blow to the head. I observe, note down the mosquito bites…” Stühler, a little later: “I once read that fear of something is worse than the event itself. How I dreaded the house search. And when the Gestapo came, I was quite cold and defiant. And how our food tasted afterward! All the good things, which we had hidden and they had not found.” — “You see, I’m going to note that down!”

Victor Klemperer, diary, 8th April 1944.

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