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August 7, 2011
Ah, Fighter, you knew you lived for greater reasons than can be understood.
You said you gained a realization in the dark days in camp;
You learned that morality is black and white.

You also said you asked a great French writer in Theresinstadt what it took to be a writer,
And he told you.
You're insight elevated your soul,
And the French man gave you wings.

It is a tribute to the power of mankind that you forged gold from lead;
You have given mankind great insight, gained in the horrors of deplorable actions by your fellow man.
I still heed to your advice
And as with morality -that butterfly fluttering above the great ocean- I know never to rest.
May 26, 2011
I am so sad to learn of Arnost's passing, but also glad he had such a long life. He had a way a making you feel important and special in his life. I loved his mind, his heart and his spirit. My prayers are with him and his family.
March 22, 2011
Pepe, I look forward to seeing you at a service and to a sharing a hug for you and your dad. Nancy Bulger
March 22, 2011
I am so sad to learn of Arnost's passing. He was a special friend to me the years I lived and worked in Prague. He encouraged me to write and to feel happy about my circumstances regardless of the challenges in the early 1990's after the revolution. He later came to my home in Washington for dinners and was reluctant to take the spotlight, but would pick out the guest who lacked a conversation partner, and make them feel like the guest of honor instead.
He was relentlessly cheerful unless he was writing, and several times when I called him at home, and he was working on a book, he was a different person. He was remembering, as he also did sometimes in conversations. It was startling because of his usual demeanor to hear him talk about the camps. His ability to connect was like no other I have experienced. It seemed he knew everything about you already, that he knew so much about the human condition that there was no use pretending to be anything but present with him, nothing to hide, no reason to do so. I believe he knew survival is a miracle, that every moment is to be appreciated, and that he was given the opportunity to carry that message to the rest of us.
Regardless of the many awards and distinctions, Arnost was a great man because he was an example. How few we meet who rise above the past to such an extent that they are life teachers.
We take something from them, but in doing so, are reminded of how difficult the lesson is, and how profound is their loss not to be able to continue sharing their rare wisdom and the gift of their lives.

Nancy Melnik Bulger
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