Nothing but human beings

If we should start telling the truth that we are nothing but Jews, it would mean that we would expose ourselves to the fate of human beings who, unprotected by any specific law or political convention, are nothing but human beings. I can hardly imagine an attitude more dangerous, since we actually live in a world in which human beings as such have ceased to exist for quite a while . . .

— Hannah Ardent, “We Refugees” (1943)

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