Hermann Goering

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 72" x 180"
  • Triptych
  • 2017

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war, neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in our Germany, that is understood. But it's the leaders of a country who decide policy and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship, a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders, that is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger, it works the same in any country."  - Hermann Goering