Are there any perfect Germans, perfect Jewish people? It's only an abstract concept.

Primo Levi



One of the returnees from Auschwitz writes a letter of complaint to a German company he delivered the resin to. In the answer, he finds the name of a person who used to work in the concentration camp and writes a personal letter to him. Not regarding the person as the "representative" of the German executioners, he carefully examines the reply from him. It is you, not the public, who people really love or hate. From a collection of short stories, "The Periodic Law" (translated by Hirohide Takeyama).


July 15,  2017

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun