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Colors of VeracityA Quest for Truth in China and Beyond$
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Vera Schwarcz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838737

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838737.001.0001

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A Muddy Sprout

(p.69) Chapter 4 Truth
Colors of Veracity

Vera Schwarcz

University of Hawai'i Press

Starting with a Midrash about “truth being flung into the soil,” veracity is described as the hard-won harvest of difficult struggles. In London during World War II, Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler struggled to define man’s inborn inclination toward truth, which in community China, “qiu shi”—truth seeking—went from being a slogan to the title of the party’s propaganda journal. Nonetheless, Chinese scholars continue to look for the seeds of truthfulness both in history as well as in the still obscured archives of the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution.

Keywords:   Dessler, Maharal, Pan Tianshou, “seek truth from facts,” Havel

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