On 14 February 1942, Klemperer, aged 60 and in less than perfect health, was ordered to report for work clearing snow off the streets. He was married to a non-Jew; his wife was called a “Jew’s whore.”
They ransacked his house, taking away everything of value. Except for — the diaries.
“Desperately worried that the Gestapo would find his diaries (one is murdered for lessser misdemeanors), Klemperer started to get his wife to take them” to a “non-Jewish friend” for safekeeping.
“But,” he wrote, “I shall go on writing . . . This is my heroism. I intend to bear witness, precise witness!”
— from The Third Reich at War, Part 3 (“The Final Solution”), p. 252
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