We painted Hitler as a monster, a devil. And that’s why we could not move away from that portrayal after the war. We had mobilized the masses against the devil incarnate. And so we were forced to continue in this satanic scenario after the war. We could not possibly have explained to our people that the war had actually been only a preventative economic measure.
US Secretary of State James Baker in an interview with the German news magazine Der Spiegel in 1992 (via hierarchical-aestheticism)