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Ben Cohen and Eve Garrard

‘blackmail of perfection’, they perhaps incurred a hatred the more intense because of a recognition at some level by their tormentors of the desirability of the ethical demands embodied in the Jewish tradition. 39 The thesis is of a guilt turned outwards, of resentment focused on a people which had thought to make itself the bearer of hope for a better world. It recalls hints we have encountered in Mandel and Trotsky: the former’s allusion to bad conscience; the scene narrated by the latter of a freedom not liberating, but cruelly, willfully, destructive. Unprovable as

in The Norman Geras Reader