" Para designar o extremínio, utilizava uma palavra hebraica - Shoah - que significa aniquilamento. Achava-a mais justa do que <Holocausto>, que os americanos continuavam a utilizar. Dava-lhe razão: o termo <Holocausto> veicula uma ideia de sacrificio, como se os judeus tivessem sido castigados. Mas os judeus não foram castigados, não foram sacrificados, foram extreminados. "
" The extermination of the Jews of Europe was not a crime against humanity, it was a crime by humanity - by what can no longer be called humanity. Pretending that it was a crime against humanity means sparing a part of humanity, and naively leaving this part outside the crime. But the entirety of humanity was implicated in the extermination of the Jews of Europe; it was universally implicated because, with this crime, humanity totally lost its characteristic of being humane. We should all recognize that, after the extermination of the Jews of Europe, humanity no longer exists, that this notion is obscene, that we can no longer call upon humanity as a criterion that protects us and exonerates us from our responsibilities: with the extermination of the Jews of Europe, the very idea of humanity died. "
Jan Karski, How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust - Yannick Haenel