GERMANY: Never, Never, Never!

I have chosen the struggle,

Have bound myself to it,

Witt stay faithful to it,

Until earth covers me.

That they may kill my friends

Is possible.

That they should kill me

Is also possible.

That we should capitulate:

Never, never, never!

Some 20 years ago Adolf Hitler penned this never-never verse. Last week the Mülhausen Tageblatt reprinted it as a warning to cynical, frightened Germany.

Its ten implacable lines set the tone for the bloody terror that still racked the Reich a fortnight after Claus von Stauffenberg planted a bomb under the Führer's table and...

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