There are distinct cultural differences that will shape the experiences of extreme suffering in different times and places and by different kinds of people, but I think there are also some commonalities in the human experience of suffering that make our attention to one event of suffering relevant to our attention to other events of suffering. [...] I am also mindful of Lawrence Langer's admonition that "You cannot honor the particularity of the Holocaust in its uniquely Jewish features if your basic intention is to use it to illustrate the universality of suffering and evil" (Preempting 12).
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