"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

This is what links the camps of the Soviet Union and those of Nazi Germany in the most profound sense of all: both regimes legitimated themselves, in part, by establishing categories of “enemies” or “sub-humans” whom they persecuted and destroyed on a mass scale.

[On the creation of "sub-humans".: Anne Applebaum, Gulag: A History]

Posted by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on 06.12.2009


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