The ﬁ rst Jewish intuition of a Nazi murder programme
Abba : Since our last meeting . . . our nearest and dearest have been torn from us and led to death with masses of other Jews . . . With the uprooting of our comrades the naked truth stands before us. That truth says that we must not believe that those who have been taken from us are still alive, that they have merely been deported. Everything that has befallen us to this point means . . . death. Yet even this fact is not the whole truth . . . The destruction of thousands is only a harbinger of the annihilation of millions. Their death is our total ruin.