In their immense vanity, Satan’s own have overreached themselves, and now they are in the net, and they will never free themselves again. That is the fact, and this it is that rejoices my heart. I hate you. I hate waking and sleeping; I hate you for undoing men’s souls, and for spoiling their lives; I hate you as the sworn enemy of the laughter of men…. Oh, it is God’s deadly enemy which I see, and hate, in you.
—From Fredrich Reck’s Diary of a Man in Despair, which goes on-sale today. This is from the June 1941 entry, describing his reaction to the Nazis after he has heard Goebbels “declaring war on yesterday’s allies.” Check out a review of Diary on Bookslut and a podcast on the book at The Mookse and the Gripes.