The Holocaust and Language

  • D. Z. Phillips


Two friends of long-standing fulfill their ambition to see the Grand Canyon together. As they stand before it, one says, “Magnificent!” The other responds, “Yes, magnificent!” The first says, “Awesome!” and the other replies, “Yes, awesome, and very pretty, too.” The first looks at his compatriot with perplexed amazement. In this moment, their friendship is forever changed.


Human Dignity Jewish People Grand Canyon Moral Choice Holocaust Survivor 
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