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Lavrentiy Beria

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If we can effectively kill the national pride and patriotism of just one generation, we will have won that country. Therefore we must continue propaganda abroad to undermine the loyalty of citizens in general and of teen-agers in particular.
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Often cited as appearing in Brain-Washing, this quote does not appear in that book, or in any other work authored by Beria. Reported as false in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 6.

 
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