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Rudyard Kipling
“All we have of freedom
All we use or know
This our fathers bought for us
Long and long ago”
Rudyard Kipling

“Ah! I intended never never to grow old … Listen: New Year’s Bell!”
William Roetzheim, The Giant Book of Poetry

Robert W. Service
“I like to think that when I fall,
A rain-drop in Death's shoreless sea,
This shelf of books along the wall,
Beside my bed, will mourn for me.”
Robert William Service, Ballads of a Bohemian

Stuart Cloete
“Fear had an anatomy. A curious thought. It had genitals, a bladder and bowls. That was where you felt fear. Not in your head. It was between your legs. It affected your excretion. It emptied you. It turned your bowls to water. It is disgusting.”
Stuart Cloete, How Young They Died
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Max Hastings
“Liberated in Germany by the Americans, seven-year-old Valya Brekeleva and her family of slave labourers went home to Novgorod as non-persons. “Most of the people from our village who went to Latvia survived. But most of those who were sent to Germany had died. For those of us who remained, the suspicion was always there.” Most of her family were killed by one side or the other in the course of the war. Her mother died in 1947, worn out by the struggle to keep her daughters alive. She was thirty-six. Her father completed his sentence for “political crimes” and came home from the Urals in 1951, an old man. Even after Valya had completed university and applied for work at a Kazan shipbuilders in the 1960s, when the manager saw that her papers showed her to be an ex-Nazi prisoner he said grimly: “Before we consider anything else, we have got to establish whether you have done damage to the state.”
Max Hastings, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945

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