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ByVáclav Havel, Jan K. Coetzee, Lynda Gilfillan, Otakar Hulec

Each of the stories we have read forms part of the larger narrative of humanity, and each voice has surely found an echo in our own individual experience—however slight—of deprivation and defiance, bitterness and triumph. We have listened to humble tales of suffering and loss, as each narrator has struggles with memories of human rights abuse that, in the words of Nelson Mandela, should never, never and never again be repeated. We have also glimpsed something of the private truth that compelled each to confront the public lie.