I have just finished reading 'The Plague' by Albert Camus which is an absolutely barn-storming book and well worth reading if you hadn't. As an allegory for France under Nazi occupation it is a true masterpiece.
The narrator of the story learns from the plague which has stricken the town and shut it off to the world "Simply, what it is that one learns in the midst of such tribulations, namely that there is more in men to admire than despise.
However, he knew that this chronicle could not be a story of definitive victory. It could only be a record of what had to be done and what, no doubt, would have to be done again, against this terror and its indefatigable weapon"
So true, so very true, and beautifully illustrated.