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For Country

Yes, we watched the goose steppers
And cheered the Beer Hall Putsch
And, yes, we knew neighbors
Who were taken and butchered

But our country was falling
Democracy was a sham
And the Communists were calling

When he appeared
Hope filled the land
And Germany was feared
And our pride returned

But then the fuhrer
Revealed his true nature
And the animals took over

Goebbels, Himmler, Heydrich
Corrupted and damned
Desperately trying to find their niche
In the midst of Hell’s inner circle

And so we united, Oster taking the lead
While Canaris hid in the shadows
And in the Abhewr revolution did bred
While the SS purged the land
The left hand not knowing what the right was doing

And we went to England
Once in ’38 and were told to wait
And again in ’40 if only they had listened
And in ’43 we all hanged together

By a trick of Fate, Stauffenberg failed
And we bade farewell to Olbricht, Rommel, and Beck.
And Tresckow passed through the veil.

It was all for country, you must understand
We realized too late,
But we tried reclaim our land
And prove we were not all like them

It was all for country.
Can you understand?

Wenn einst Gott Abraham verheißen hat, er werde Sodom nicht verderben, wenn auch nur zehn Gerechte darin seien, so hoffe ich, dass Gott Deutschland um unseretwillen nicht vernichten wird. Niemand von uns kann über seinen Tod Klage führen. Wer in unseren Kreis getreten ist, hat damit das Nessushemd angezogen. Der sittliche Wert eines Menschen beginnt erst dort, wo er bereit ist, für seine Überzeugung sein Leben hinzugeben
—  Henning von Tresckow,  Deutscher Generalmajor und Mitglied des Widerstands in  Fabian von Schlabrendorff: Offiziere gegen Hitler. Zürich 1946 (TB Goldmann, München 1997.
Dieu avait promis qu'il ne détruirait pas Sodome s'il s'y trouvait seulement dix justes. J'espère que, grâce à nous, Dieu ne détruira pas l'Allemagne
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Henning von Tresckow (1901-1944), général de division allemand, officier issu de la vieille noblesse terrienne - les Junkers - ,un des premiers résistants allemands au nazisme, chef d’état-major du groupe d’armée Centre, sous les ordres du maréchal von Klugel ; confiant ceci à l’un de ses amis avant de mourir.