Last night I happened to come across a quote which I have cited a number of times on this blog. It comes from Emanuel Ringelblum, the great Warsaw ghetto historian who created the Oyneg Shabbes archives. [You can read about it and about Sam Kassow's wonderful book on the topic here.]
During the war he wrote regarding the material to be collected in the archive:
We wanted the simplest most unadorned account possible of what happened in each shtetl and what happened to each Jew [and in this war each Jew is like a world in itself.] Any superfluous work any literary exaggeration grated and repelled....It is unnecessary to add an extra sentence.That is what all those involved in this escapade should have remembered.