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Language does not simply signify the horror of being; it forces those who speak (and those who listen) to take up a position within being, to assume consciousness, and thus to recognize the irremissibility of being.
To this "witness without negation" corresponds "speech without subjectivity" (145), and this speech sustains "wakefulness as nonmastery, irremissibility, and survival" (153).
68) The character of "being - Jewish" which Hitlerism so brutally taught the world, Levinas asserts, is its irremissibility, otherwise stated, it is election, or the experience of being called.