„I sincerely believe that I have served a criminal. I led my soldiers in good conscience… but for a criminal government.“

To Colonel Theodor Pilling, Lieutenant Colonel Roger Michael, Major Winrich Behr in the evening of April 20, 1945. They tuned in the Wehrmacht receiver, and listened Joseph Goebbels's speech marking the Hitler's Birthday. Quoted in "Battle for the Ruhr" - Page 378 - by Derek S. Zumbro - 2006

Übernommen aus Wikiquote. Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
Walter Model Foto
Walter Model3
deutscher Heeresoffizier, Generalfeldmarschall im Dritten R… 1891 - 1945

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Wilhelm Canaris Foto

„I die for my fatherland. I have a clear conscience. I only did my duty to my country when I tried to oppose the criminal folly of Hitler.“

—  Wilhelm Canaris German admiral, head of military intelligence service 1887 - 1945

Quoted in "Admiral Canaris - Chief of Intelligence" - Page 210 - by Ian Colvin - 2007

John Maynard Keynes Foto

„I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal.“

—  John Maynard Keynes British economist 1883 - 1946

Letter to Duncan Grant (15 December 1917)

Priti Patel Foto

„Capital punishment [could] serve as a deterrent. I do not think we have enough deterrents in this country for criminals – let’s not forget that murders, rapists and criminals of that nature choose to commit the crimes that they commit.“

—  Priti Patel British politician 1972

Said during a Question Time debate. Quoted by the Independent. Priti Patel MP: Who is the new Treasury minister who supports death penalty and rejects plain packaging for cigarettes? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/priti-patel-mp-who-is-the-new-treasury-minister-who-supports-death-penalty-and-rejects-plain-9608096.html (15 July 2014)

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„In my whole legal career I have not met worse types of criminals than in politics.“

—  Chittaranjan Das Indian politician and leader of the Swaraj Party 1870 - 1925

Chittaranjan Das, quoted from Sri Aurobindo, ., Nahar, S., Aurobindo, ., & Institut de recherches évolutives (Paris). India's rebirth: A selection from Sri Aurobindo's writing, talks and speeches. Paris: Institut de Recherches Evolutives. 3rd Edition (2000). https://web.archive.org/web/20170826004028/http://bharatvani.org/books/ir/IR_frontpage.htm

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„I carry no brief in favor of the criminal. That is why I carry no brief in defense of those in government. Setting a thief [the government] to catch a thief doubles the amount of loot stolen.“

—  Robert LeFevre American libertarian businessman 1911 - 1986

A Way to be Free, the Autobiography of Robert LeFevre (1999) in the “Epilogue”

„A criminal is a criminal, street-smarts! And a criminal you gotta have to kill!“

—  Luiz Carlos Alborghetti Italian-Brazilian radio commenter, showman and political figure 1945 - 2009

Original: (pt) Bandido é bandido, malandragem! E bandido você tem que mandar matar!

(pt) Source: [9 December 2009, Morre Luiz Carlos Alborghetti, dono do bordão 'bandido bom é bandido morto', https://extra.globo.com/tv-e-lazer/morre-luiz-carlos-alborghetti-dono-do-bordao-bandido-bom-bandido-morto-209786.html, Portuguese, Extra, Editora Globo S/A, 31 March 2019]

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Hans Frank Foto

„It doesn't matter whether I'm judged criminal. I have a great feeling of guilt - I have a feeling that I ran after Hitler like a wildfire without reason. If I can sacrifice my life to make something good, I'd gladly do it.“

—  Hans Frank German war criminal 1900 - 1946

To Leon Goldensohn, March 5, 1946, from "The Nuremberg Interviews" by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004

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„It is fortunate for this community that I am not a criminal.“

—  Arthur Conan Doyle Scottish physician and author 1859 - 1930

Quelle: The Bruce-Partington Plans

Jack Kevorkian Foto

„There is nothing anyone can do anyway. The public has no power. The government knows I'm not a criminal. The parole board knows I'm not a criminal. The judge knows I'm not a criminal.“

—  Jack Kevorkian American pathologist, euthanasia activist 1928 - 2011

Quoted in "Between the dying and the dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's life and the battle to Legalize Euthanasia"‎ - Page 247 - by Neal Nicol, Harry Wylie - 2006
2000s, 2006

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„I encouraged them, each who was able, to serve the Fatherland…I have done this [volunteered] because I believe I must be a good example for my community.“

—  Clemens August Graf von Galen German count, Bishop of Münster, and cardinal, important figure in Catholic resistance to Nazism 1878 - 1946

Galen to his mother, August 3 1914.

Ernst Kaltenbrunner Foto

„I have loved my German people and my fatherland with a warm heart. I have done my duty by the laws of my people and I am sorry this time my people were led by men who were not soldiers and that crimes were committed of which I had no knowledge. Germany, good luck.“

—  Ernst Kaltenbrunner Austrian-born senior official of Nazi Germany executed for war crimes 1903 - 1946

Last words, 10/16/46. Quoted in "The Mammoth Book of Eyewitness World War II" - Page 564 - by Jon E. Lewis - History - 2002

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„I believe his arrest and detention by the international criminal tribunal is unconstitutional, and goes against Yugoslav and international law. They have no right to try him.</blockquote“

—  Harold Pinter playwright from England 1930 - 2008

On the arrest of Slobodan Milošević, as quoted by Fiachra Gibbons, in "Free Milosevic, says Pinter" http://www.guardian.co.uk/serbia/article/0,2479,527545,00.html, The Guardian (26 July 2001).

Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough Foto

„In a criminal case I can presume nothing.“

—  Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough Lord Chief Justice of England 1750 - 1818

King v. Brett (1806), 5 Esp. 261.

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„Let the punishments of criminals be useful. A hanged man is good for nothing; a man condemned to public works still serves the country, and is a living lesson.“

—  Voltaire, Dictionnaire philosophique

Que les supplices des criminels soient utiles. Un homme pendu n’est bon à rien, et un homme condamné aux ouvrages publics sert encore la patrie, et est une leçon vivante.
"Civil and Ecclesiastical Laws," Dictionnaire philosophique (1785-1789)
The Dictionnaire philosophique was a posthumously published collection of articles combining the Dictionnaire philosophique portatif (published under various editions and titles from 1764 to 1777), the Questions sur l'Encyclopédie (published from 1770 to 1774), articles written for the Encyclopédie and the Dictionnaire de l'Académie française, the manuscript known as l'Opinion sur l'alphabet and a number of previously published miscellaneous articles.

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