"My great-grandfather escaped murder in order to die by his own hand
. He made a still and manufactured alcohol from the roots of the ti-plant.
On the voyage out, he had repeatedly expressed a presentiment that he should die by his own hands
; thinking it highly probable that he should be engaged in some contest with the natives, and being resolved, in case of extremity, to commit suicide rather than be made a prisoner.
The very courage which a man displays in taking his own life seemed to me to be his condemnation; so long as he felt that he had within himself sufficient strength to die by his own hands
, he ought to have had strength enough to continue the struggle.
One thing that struck Zweig, a Jew who would die by his own hand
in 1942 as Nazi night fell over Europe, was this: "No one asked about my nationality, my religion, my origin," he wrote in his memoir.