Between the extremes of sullen impenitence and dumb docility, some German civilians seemed to want to make sense:

¶ The women of Heidelberg wrote a letter to General Eisenhower: "You wanted to enter Heidelberg as victor, and all you found were people with smiling faces and open arms. . . . We despise the hypocritical holier-than-thou attitude of the National Socialists and did not flee with them. At the same time we do not beg your favor. . . . Give us peace, based on wisdom, and you will receive our admiration."


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