„Why me?“

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„In the coming world they will not ask me—Why were you not Moses? They will ask me—Why were you not Zusya?“

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Should every creature drink but I?
Why, man of morals, tell me why?“

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„I wonder why he shot me.“

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„Why did you beat me so hard?“

—  Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1878 - 1953
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