Tuesday, January 09, 2007

When even thieves had patriotism

As WWII records get uncovered one by one we see ever more interesting episodes that give away not only facts but also the state of mind of the people in that era. The latest bit is about a professional thief who offered to blow up Hitler.

This man, rather then thanking the occupying power for releasing him from jail in which the authorities of his country put him, put himself at the disposal of his homeland as soon as he was able to, offering even the ultimate sacrifice.

Compare this to the attitudes of today. Not only criminals, but many so-called distinguished citizens would sell themselves to anybody just to keep their precious posessions and stature. I did not know whether to admire the man in the article or to be depressed at the state of mind of today's world.

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