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Beautiful Souls

Posted by tinako on March 16, 2012

I enjoyed reading this N.Y. Times book review of Eyal Press’ Beautiful Souls: “Eyal Press looks at ordinary people who resisted the stats quo to follow their own convictions.”

Paul Grüninger, a Swiss police commander, had a simple explanation for why he broke the law to help Jewish refugees flee Austria in 1938. His daughter remembered that he would repeat the words “I could do nothing else.” It is a humble answer, as if to say that anyone would have done the same.

It’s the same answer I might give to someone who asks, “Why are you vegan?”

How could I be anything else?

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