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Copyer:  Mr. Wright.

Jaime, tiredly:  Yes?

Copyer:  We’ve run out of things to copy.  Do you have any more?

Jaime:  What, no more?  Are you sure?

Copyer:  Quite sure.

Jaime:  Do you realize what this means?

Copyer:  Yes sir.  It means I’m out of a job!

Act, scene 2

(Setting: the original group, seated around the table.)

Jaime:  This has been the fulfillment of an impossible dream for me, and

I offer up my part in it to the memory of my brother.  We have copied

over a million pages, transferred them to 500 microfilms, smuggled the

microfilms out of the country several dozen at a time.  Already we have

boiled them down to a seven-thousand-page report, which will then be

further condensed to a summary digest that will be secretly printed and

then, in the summer of 1985, it will hit newsstands and bookstores all

over the country under the title Brazil: Nunca Mais (Brazil: Never


Lawyer:  This will stand the military on its ear!

Another Lawyer:  Great as this accomplishment is, we will still have to

live with the amnesty law.  The government will never apologize.  It

will still hold the army in readiness if people use this report as fuel

for the fires of revolution.

Jaime:  True enough.  But knowing the truth is, in itself, a kind of

victory over the powers of repression.  And I think, if my brother could

be here, he would be proud of what we have done.

(The facts of this story are all true, but I have invented the dialogue

on the basis of my evening spent in Jaime Wright’s home in 1982, prior

to the publication of Brazil: Nunca Mais.  For a longer account, see

Lawrence Weschler, A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with

Torturers (New York: Pantheon Books, 1990.)

The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo

Narrator:  Setting: In 1976, Argentina suffered a military takeover.

Backed by the United States and its School of the Americas, the

Argentine military trained its personnel in techniques for controlling

the populace, including torture.  All opponents were branded

“Communist,” rounded up, and between 9,000 and 30,000 were “disappeared”

(imprecise because the military won the right to destroy all records).

The preferred method of execution was drugging the victims and dropping

them naked from thirteen thousand feet into the Atlantic Ocean.

Catholic military chaplains actually blessed the murder of “subversives”

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