With the publication of Anti-Semite and Jew immediately after the
war, Sartre became the one major French intellectual who considered
the specific destiny of the few Jews who came back from the
extermination camps. Why only Sartre, a Frenchman with a Christian
background? He later explained that he was shocked by the heavy
but audible silence accompanying the survivors. But many others
would have been able to perceive this silence. Why Sartre?