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First there was courage; courage is always first. If somebody had
to be behind a gun directly fronting on a vast massing of power obscenely
sworn to Hitler, then of course that person would be young
Alex Bickel. He wouldn't have been able to see any reason why it
should be anybody else. And when the mightiest enemy of all, the undefeatable Hitler, arrived and set up his siege, out of season, without
warning, bitterly as to time and manner, cutting off all hope,
Bickel sat and laughed with his friends, or did what work he could.
In between the Hitler of Europe and the Hitler of the universe there
was never any faltering from courage. Courage is always first.

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