The French refer to Holocaust survivors as revenants, which means “they came back.” It’s also the same word they use for “ghost”.

That makes sense to me. Holocaust survivors are forever haunted by what they saw, by what they heard, by what they witnessed. Many became ghosts of their former selves. Some things get lost in translation, but not this. I think it’s spot on.

If you’re wondering where I learned this random fact it’s from a review of a new play called Jan Karski.

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