Talk:Rudolf Hess

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Hess and Bird[edit]

Recently many unformatted quotes were added to this article — I formatted most of these properly and retained them, added a few myself, along with images, but removed two statements by Philip K Bird, which provided little clear indication as to why these comments by Bird are very notable or in what particular ways they might be about Hess. Properly formatted they are as follows:

  • I motioned everyone out and said 'leave me alone with him!'
    • Col. Bird speaking to the guards regarding a crisis which had arisen in Rudolf's Hess's cell at Spandau Prison.
  • 'I drew the chair up closer to the bed and spoke in a low, calm voice'.
    • Col Bird on attempting to persuade Rudolf Hess to accept a visit from his family.

No indication is made as to what particular crisis had arisen, or why Bird's first exclamation is of much significance in relation to Hess, nor why a quotation by Bird about his speaking to Hess in a low calm voice is of any relevance either. The quotes should be about Hess, not the composure or discomposure of those attending to him in Spandau Prison.

This edit was objected to with another poorly formatted post to the external links section:

Bold textThe comments that keep getting 'chucked' out are from Eugene Bird's book 'THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD'!! And are absolutely relevant to the quotes on this page............
The context from which they derive are CLEARLY given below the quote!!

There is some context inferred, but it is plainly insufficient to make these comments stand as something clearly about Hess. These quotations by Bird might perhaps be extended to provide more indications of context, but it would probably be better to add some simple and clear quotations from Bird's book as to what the commotions were all about, rather than how Bird or others reacted to them. ~ Kalki 09:29, 28 March 2007 (UTC)


Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable, precise and verifiable source for any quote on this list please move it to Rudolf Hess. --Antiquary 19:28, 9 August 2009 (UTC)

  • I hear the music of youth on the warden's radio. Somehow I cannot reconcile this with good music. However it is one form of protest. The youth of today are protesting for many reasons and they want to be heard. One way of being heard is through their music. I do enjoy The Beatles however; their music has a definite beat and in many ways their music is good music.
  • Why don't they release me? Why must I suffer so? I alone tried to bring about peace in the world and for this I must stay here the longest. It is not right. It is not just! All I want is to go home and die in peace and be buried in the garden.
  • We believe that the Fuhrer is fulfilling a divine mission to German destiny! This belief is beyond challenge.
  • The Party is Hitler! Hitler is Germany, just as Germany is Hitler! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!
    • [a speech given next to Hitler]