world war ii: eto

He has said that he does not consider himself a perpetrator but merely a small cog in a machine. But if he were sitting here today wearing his SS uniform, I would tremble and all the horror that I experienced as a 13-year-old would return to me.

Any person who wore that uniform in that place represented terror and the depths to which humanity can sink, regardless of what function they performed.
—  84-year old Irene Weiss, survivor of Auschwitz, speaking on the stand at the trial of Oskar Gröning
I lay there on the beach in a pool of my own blood for 10 hours. They quickly took my radio and my sten gun and I saw my tank head up the beach without me. It was heart-breaking because I trained for D-Day for so long. So many people died liberating that tiny stretch of beach. Looking back, the fact that I was injured so early on probably saved my life.
—  Radio operator Bill Betts his end of Operation Overlord