Thank you very much for your answer to my last letter, which was much too long. You reply once again with what we in Germany customarily call a “Latin” or “French” clarity. The differences that remain between us seem to me to be only differences of accentuation. I ascribe without reserve to your assertion concerning the distinctiveness of Auschwitz compared to the gulag. For my part, I sought to distinguish between the two in opposing the notions of “social extermination” and “biological extermination, ” and I would like simply to add that the dividing lines are not so pronounced in reality as in the world of concepts.
I also agree with your explanation of the privilege communism enjoys in public opinion by comparison with its most vehement adversary, but in this regard I would like to raise a question: Shouldn't a movement whose intentions might be qualified as “gentle” but which nevertheless imposed itself everywhere by violence and with an enormous number of victims be judged more harshly than a party whose overall intentions can be qualified as bad?