"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."

"...what people may be assumed to 'know,' is a great mystery."

A quote from the book To Jerusalem and Back, by Saul Bellow, written in 1976:
What is “known” in civilized countries, what people may be assumed to “know,” is a great mystery. Recently, a survivor of Auschwitz who now lives in Chicago had occasion to testify before a grand jury and was asked by the jury foreman, “Why were you sent to this prison camp? What crime did you commit?” “No crime, there was no trial." “That can't be a truthful answer,” said the foreman. “When people go to jail it's because of something they've done. You must have had a criminal record in the old country.” When I read Sartre on the Jewish question, I am less surprised by the remoteness of this grand juror’s mind. I am, if anything, surprised at myself and at my own assumptions. A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
- "To Jerusalem and Back" by Saul Bellow, Amazon>>
- Holocaust Survivor Shows Tattoo: Polish-born Holocaust survivor Meyer Hack shows his prisoner number tattooed on his arm. (Photo Credit: BAZ RATNER/Reuters/Corbis) Remembering the Holocaust Photo Gallery, History.com>>

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