These 3 Quotes Reveal the True Nature of World War 2

Learn How People Suffered During WW 2

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World War 2 was one of the darkest periods in human history. It was a crying shame that the devastation was a contrived selfish endeavor of a few rulers in the government. The world was ravaged and left devastated with over 60 million deaths, and countless more maimed, or orphaned. Genocide, massacre, disease, starvation were all a day's work during the World War 2. America alone suffered around 1 million military and civilian deaths.

The largest toll of suffering was felt in Russia, with over 21 million deaths. The atomic bombing of the two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to affect the new generations with birth defects and abnormal growth.

But what triggered these wars? Who incited them? Who suffered? Read these famous shocking statements that essay the turbulence of World War 2. Here are powerful quotes that were said before, during and after World War 2.

1. Winston Churchill
"I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."

"We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."

It was the historic year of 1940. The World War 2 was in full swing. Germany had invaded France, and most of Western Europe was under the command of Germany and Italy, except England. More than 50 countries were at war. Millions of lives had been lost, and destruction had wiped out generations of human life in various parts of the world.

Britain and France declared war on Germany in September 1939. Germany, which was already becoming a dominant nation in various parts of Western Europe, invaded France on May 10, 1940. On the same day, Churchill took over from Neville Chamberlain as the Prime Minister of Britain. A lot was at stake. The British people were already war-weary. But the blitzkrieg that Hitler and his allies had unleashed only predicted doom for the rest of Europe.

It was at such a difficult time that Churchill said these words in his maiden speech at the parliament. He offered a ray of hope to thousands of distraught and devastated families scattered around Europe. These words reverberate in the halls of history even today. Churchill's words speak volumes of the tragedy and trauma of World War 2.

2. Anne Frank
"It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals; they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart."

Picture a young girl of 13, hiding in a secret hideout, with her family and some other Jews for two years.

Picture a girl, cut off from sunshine, snow and rain. Imagine her frustrations as she counts days, unaware of what fate has in store for her and her family in the unforgiving, Nazi Germany. And what was her crime? Only that she was born in a Jew family.

Yet, Anne Frank -- a young, intelligent girl, with a heart filled with kindness – had only kindness and optimism to offer to the world. She did not let the frustration of the political environment kill her spirit. She kept her sanity by writing her memoirs in a red-and-white plaid diary. She poured her heart, often with the exuberance of a child. Her thoughts reveal her innermost feelings, which shows her combating adolescence, fears, and boredom, while still keeping her heart pure from wretched, evil thoughts. 

Anne Frank's musings are a grim reminder of the horrors that over 6 million Jews suffered during the Holocaust.

The diary tugs at your heartstrings; it makes you gulp down a lump in your throat as you visualize a young girl go through untold misery for no fault of her own. And yet, her words shine through like a ray of sunshine, full of optimism. Anne Frank's affirmation in the goodness of humankind is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. This quote from the Diary of Anne Frank has truly changed the face of the world. 

3. Julius Robert Oppenheimer
"Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."

History books talk about the bombing of two Japanese cities Hiroshima and 
Nagasaki in 1945. The US, which was embroiled in the Pacific War had incurred heavy losses. Although the Allies had almost won the war against Germany, Japan continued to put up strong resistance. The cost of war was mounting. 
On the other hand, the Manhattan Project, a secret mission spearheaded by Oppenheimer to develop an atomic bomb, had turned out successful. Which means, America now had the power to wipe out a nation at its fingertips. The father of the atomic bomb, Oppenheimer was quite confident that the scales would tip in favor of America if the atomic bombs were used.

When the atomic bomb was first tested at the Trinity Test on July 16, 1945, in New Mexico, Oppenheimer realized that he had unleashed a monster. He dreaded the failure of his mission, but more than that he feared the success of his mission. As he witnessed the Trinity Test, he felt the weight of his invention fall heavily on his shoulders. Oppenheimer, who was proficient in Sanskrit and had read the Hindu scripture, the Bhagawad Gita, was reminded of a passage from the sacred book, while watching the smoke billow into a gigantic mushroom cloud:

"If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst into the sky,
that would be like
the splendor of the Mighty One—
I am become *Death (Time), the shatterer of worlds."

*The actual Sanskrit word for "death" has two meanings: death or time, depending on how one interprets it. Oppenheimer chose to interpret it as death.

 Oppenheimer carried his burden to his grave. Till his last days, Oppenheimer could feel blood on his hands. This quote is symbolic of the arms race that began post the atomic bomb.