Note 048
by Joachim C. Fest

Anders, Im Nürnberger Irrgarten. The consideration that Hess had desperately tried to regain an individuality is supported by various marginal observations. His childlike pleasure at having deceived Hitler over the flight (see Rees, Case of Rudolf Hess) suggests this, and so does an extract from a letter to Karl Haushofer of 20th May 1942, where Hess quotes the verse:

'May you crash or may you Land
E'er as your own pilot stand '

and then continues:

'That I crashed is not to be denied; and it is equally certain that I was my own pilot' (I. Hess, Prisoner of Peace).
From Chapter 15, Rudolf Hess , Part 3 of The Face Of The Third Reich by J.C. Fest -- See further Notes

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