I wrote it, not for myself really. I wrote it for the other survivors who found it difficult to speak. And I wanted really to tell them, “Look, you must speak.  As poorly as we can express our feelings, our memories, but we must try.  We are not guaranteeing success, but we must guarantee effort.”  I wrote it for them, because the survivors are a kind of most endangered species.  Every day, every day there are funerals.  And I felt that there for a while they were so neglected, so abandoned, almost humiliated by society after the war. When I became Chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust in 1978, I wanted really to glorify the survivors.  There wasn’t a committee that I didn’t appoint a survivor, because I felt they deserve it.  The same reason I wrote is really for that mission.  It’s always afterwards that, in a way, your friends or your readers convince you that you went beyond that, that you are a messenger, and so forth. I didn’t use those words, I used the words simply, “Look, we have to tell the story as best as we can.  And we know that we won’t succeed.”  I know I won’t succeed.  I know I haven’t succeeded.