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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Poland

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

William L. Shirer

1960

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2018-12-09

"For two whole days I sat with my Government and waited to see whether it was convenient for the Polish Government to send a plenipotentiary or not . . . But I am wrongly judged if my love of peace and my patience are mistaken for weakness or even cowardice . . . I can no longer find any willingness on the part of the Polish Government to conduct serious negotiations with us . . . I have therefore resolved to speak to Poland in the same language that Poland for months past has used toward us...This night for the first time Polish regular soldiers fired on our own territory. Since 5:45 A.M. we have been returning the fire, and from now on bombs will be met with bombs." - Hitler, - William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany (1960)