A German Solider standing in the Russian winter in late December 1942

"The most beautiful Christmas I had ever seen, made entirely of disinterested emotion and stipped of all tawdry trimmings.  I was all alone beneath an enormous starred sky, and I can remember a tear running down my frozen cheek, neither of pain nor of joy but of emotion created by intense experience."

From Stephen G. Ftiz, Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II