„I'm iron. I lasted through ten years of war, and now I can last through this. It's true, it's not good for the nerves.“

—  Sepp Dietrich, To Leon Goldensohn, February 28, 1946, from "The Nuremberg Interviews" - by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004 - Page 280
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