Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

I think that both here and in England there are two schools of thought—those who would be altruistic in regard to the Germans, hoping that by loving kindness to make them Christian again—and those who would adopt a much tougher attitude. Most decidedly I belong to the latter school, for though I am not blood-thirsty, I want the Germans to know that this time at least they have definitely lost the war.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. letter, Aug. 26, 1944, to Queen Wilhelmina of Holland. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 509, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

Roosevelt was among those who believed that Hitler had risen to power partly on the surge of conviction in Germany that they had not really lost the war in 1918, but rather that the military had been sold down the river by cowardly democratic politicians. He was determined to make sure that there was no possible misperception about whether or not the German military were defeated in the Second World War.
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