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From: "Seidel73" <>
Subject: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 08:01:29 -0800

An unperson is a person who has been "vaporized"; who has been not only killed 
by the state, but effectively erased from existence. Such a person would be 
written out of existing books, photographs, and articles so that no trace of 
their existence could be found in the historical record. The idea is that such a
person would, according to the principles of doublethink, be forgotten 
completely (for it would be impossible to provide evidence of their existence), 
even by close friends and family members, and mentioning his/her name, or even 
mentioning of their past existence, is thoughtcrime (the concept that the person
may have existed at one time, and has disappeared, cannot be expressed in 
Newspeak). Compare to the Stalinist practice of erasing people from photographs 
after their death.

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