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Rogers: Why me?
Erskine: I suppose that is the only question that matters. [Displaying a bottle of schnapps] This is from Augsburg, my city. So many people forget that the first country the Nazis invaded was their own. You know, after the last war, my people struggled. They felt weak...they felt small. And then Hitler comes along with the marching, and the big show, and the flags, and the, and the... and he hears of me, and my work, and he finds me, and he says "You. You will make us strong." Well, I am not interested. So he sends the head of Hydra, his research division, a brilliant scientist by the name of Johann Schmidt. Now Schmidt is a member of the inner circle and he is ambitious. He and Hitler share a passion for occult power and Teutonic myth. Hitler uses his fantasies to inspire his followers. But for Schmidt, it is not fantasy. For him, it is real. He has become convinced there is a great power hidden in the earth, left here by the gods, waiting to be seized by a superior man. So when he hears about my formula and what it can do, he cannot resist. Schmidt must become that superior man.
Rogers: Did it make him stronger?
Erskine: Yeah, but... there were other effects. The serum was not ready. But more important, the man. The serum amplifies everything inside, so good becomes great; bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because the strong man who has known power all his life, may lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows...compassion.
Rogers: Thanks. I think.
Erskine: [Gesturing toward the schnapps] Get it, get it. Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing. You will stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man.
Rogers: To the little guys. [Both men clank their glasses]
Erskine: [Just realizing the schnapps could sabotage the test and takes it before Rogers drinks it] No no, wait wait. What am I doing? No, you have procedure tomorrow. No fluids.
Rogers:[Erskine pours Steve's schnapps into his own glass] Okay, we'll drink it after.
Erskine: No, I don't have procedure tomorrow. Drink it after? Drink it now. [Drinks the schnapps]

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