Quotes from Indian National Congress to Admiral Lütjens

 

Indian National Congress

India is not ready to take part in the present war, which would endanger its own freedom. The governments of France and England declared that they are waging war for democracy and freedom, yet they themselves betray the principles they espouse.

 

 

General Hastings Ismay

With Malta in enemy hands, the Mediterranean route would be completed closed to us…this tiny island was a vital feature in the defense of our Middle East position.

 

Rear-Admiral Ito

A gigantic fleet... has massed in Pearl Harbor. This fleet will be utterly crushed with one blow at the very beginning of hostilities...Heaven will bear witness to the righteousness of our struggle.

 

 

Japanese Army Slogan

To die for the Emperor is to live forever.

 


Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek

Ours is a war of survival and independence we will never submit... we will resist to the very end.


 


The whole nation must rise as one man and fight these Japanese bandit.

 


Madame Chiang Kai-Shek

Tell America to have complete confidence in us. The tide of battle is turning and victory eventually will be ours!

 


John F. Kennedy

War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

 

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

 

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.

 

Field Marshal Albert Kesselring

It would have been easier to fight alone with inadequate forces than to have to accept---responsibility for our ally’s lack of fighting qualities and dubious loyalty.

 

Isao Kita

The atomic bomb does not discriminate. Of course, those who were fighting may have to suffer. But the atomic bomb kills everyone from little babies to old people. And it's not an easy death. It's a very cruel and very painful way to die. I think that this cannot be allowed to happen again anywhere in the world. I don't say this just because I'm a Japanese atomic bomb survivor. I feel that people all over the world must speak out.

 


Irena Kelpfisz

Jews ... have been unable to absorb the experience of the Holocaust, have not learned how to transcend the catastrophe. They’ve mistakenly thought that to transcend means to forget the past, that to think about the present is to abandon the pasttheir experience, from joining with others who have experienced oppression—not perhaps an exact duplication of Jewish oppression, but nevertheless oppression.

 


Frank Knox

We and our allies owe and acknowledge an every lasting debt of gratitude to the armies and people of the Soviet Union.

 


Vice-Admiral Takeo Kurita

I will break into Leyte Gulf and fight to the last man…would it not be shameful to have the fleet remaining intact while our nation perishes?

 


Admiral William Daniel Leahy

The Bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives.

 


King Leopold of Belgium

I've decided to stay. The cause of the Allies is lost. 

 


Admiral Lütjens

We did not intend to fight enemy warships...but we took up the fight. The crew has behaved magnificently.  We shall win or die.