This is the first time in history that a war has involved the whole world, and also it may last many years more; this thought is soul-shattering for all of us as human beings. It is horrible to think that the crimes committed by this one man Hitler have these many years been destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands and millions, and one would despair entirely were it not certain that the majority, the innumerable majority which opposes him openly or secretly, will succeed in wiping out once and for all him and his.
Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. letter from Petropolis, Dec. 28, 1941, to his first wife, Friderike. Stefan and Friderike Zweig: Their Correspondence 19121942, pp. 340-341, Hastings House (1954).