[Letter excerpt, August 24, 1944]
I have missed seeing Hugh Brown a number of times – he is not far away, but then all my motions are prescribed. Everyone is guessing about the end of the war. I don’t think it will make much difference – as it was in the days of Noah, etc. The Nazis have done us the service of showing us how complete depravity can go on year after year enjoying an unchallenged authority, wearing the robes of every office with dignity and ease, professing none but noble motives and going through all the motions of high governance. After their masterful performance the world may rightly distrust every appearance – flags, hymns, parades and solemn oaths have been forever discredited by German wickedness.
[For more on HN’s wartime experiences and writings, see Sergeant Nibley PhD: Memories of an Unlikely Screaming Eagle.]