The Republic of Silence – Jean-Paul Sartre on The Aftermath of War and Occupation (September 1944)
Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the most important philosophers and writers of the 20th century. He lived through World War II first as a French prisoner of war, then as a professor of philosophy associated with the underground socialist movement. Sartre writes of the Occupation: “Because the Nazi venom seeped into our very thoughts, every accurate thought was a triumph. Because an all-power police force tried to gag us, every word became precious as a declaration of principle.” Some of Sartre’s post-war writings have recently been collected in an English Language edition as The Aftermath of War and is published by Seagull Books, Kolkata.