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By Jacques Lusseyran

Whilst Jacques Lusseyran used to be an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he used to be blinded in an coincidence. He comprehensive his education made up our minds to take part on this planet round him. In 1941, while he used to be seventeen, that international was once Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran shaped a resistance team with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the easiest. ultimately, Lusseyran used to be arrested and despatched to the Buchenwald focus camp in a delivery of 2 thousand resistance opponents. He was once one in every of purely thirty from the shipping to outlive. His gripping tale is without doubt one of the strongest and insightful descriptions of dwelling and thriving with blindness, or certainly any problem, ever published.

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I don't know. Still, I suspect that those noted jurists could not have been so easily deceived-neither by my confession nor by the denials of the others. That is proved by the fact that Hans Frank, the governor-general of Poland, and Hitler's commissioner for the Netherlands, Arthur Seyss-lnquart, who likewise showed contrition, did not escape the death sentence. January 26, 1947 The fact is that in the courtroom I did win a measure of sympathy, or rather respect. 2 But what Goring saidthat I won it by incriminating myself in court-was wrong.

Stooping makes me giddy, a sign of how weak thirteen months of cell existence leave one. Today, while musing on the cot, I pursued the question of whether making Germany a technologically backward country will be bad for her. Also whether science and art might not thrive better in an untechnological world. If certain plans are carried out and we are reduced to the status of an agricultural country, may we not be happier than the nations for whom the future now stands wide open? Ironically, Himmler and Morgenthau were not so far apart in their views of what would be Germany's ideal condition.

They also saw to it that my peace offer of the autumn of 1939 was rejected. " Hitler spoke as plainly as possible at the Reichstag session of January 30, 1939, when he asserted that if war came, not the Germans but the Jews would be annihilated. ent. More and more often, when he did so, he would simul- 28 ALBERT SPEER taneously bewail the killings of innocent German women and children in air raids. Especially after the heavy raids on Hamburg in the summer of 1943, in the course of which tens of thousands of civilians were killed, he repeated several times that he would avenge these lost lives upon the Jews.

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