Night of 17th-18th October 1941
Kiev, Moscow, St. Petersburg
must be destroyed.
Everything that resembles civilisation, the Bolsheviks have suppressed it, and I have no feelings about the idea of wiping out Kiev, Moscow or St. Petersburg.
What our troops are doing is positively unimaginable.
Not knowing the great news, how will our soldiers—who are at present on the way home—feel when they’re once more on German soil? In comparison with Russia, even Poland looked like a civilised country. If time were to blot out our soldiers‘ deeds, the monuments I shall have set up in Berlin will continue to proclaim their glory a thousand years from to-day. The Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon of the Army, the Pantheon of the German people…