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April 25th, 2012:

Diventare Umani – Becoming Human

In issue 390 of Il Foglio, “a monthly of some Christians in Turin,” a publication of modest format yet full of stimulating and intelligent ideas, I find the following quote. If I had seen before, I would have inserted in the previous post.

Anniek Cojean says that the principal of an American high school, at the beginning of each school year, used to write a letter to his teachers: “Dear teacher, I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no human being should ever see: gas chambers built by learned engineers; children killed with poison by well trained doctors; infants killed by experienced nurses; women and children killed and burned by high schools and university graduates. Therefore I distrust education. My request is: help your students to become human beings. Your efforts must never produce educated monsters, skilled psychopaths, qualified Eichmanns. Reading, writing, mathematics are not important if they do not make our children more human. “Les memoires de la Shoah, in Le Monde, April 29, 1995.

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