if ever again we tolerate such cruelty we have no right to peace, Martha Gellhorn

We are not entirely guiltless, we the Allies, because it took us twelve years to open the gates of Dachau. We were blind and unbelieving and slow, and that we can never be again. We must know now that there can never be peace if there is cruelty like this in the world.
And if ever again we tolerate such cruelty we have no right to peace.

Martha Gellhorn, “Dachau,”
in Reporting World War II: Part Two: American Journalism, 1944-1946

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