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Monday, 12 February 2018

Sophie Scholl Was Beheaded at 21 for Standing Up to the Nazis: She Distributed Anti-Nazi Pamphlets at the University of München

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Like most German children in the 1930s, Sophie Scholl and her five siblings joined Nazi youth groups. However, Sophie and her brother Hans grew outraged that educated Germans went along with racist Nazi policies. In 1942, the two siblings, along with their friend Christoph Probst, amongst others, started a secret society known as the White Rose Circle. The group painted anti-Nazi slogans on the campus of the University of München and distributed pamphlets detailing the genocide of Jewish people. A White Rose pamphlet read:

Since the conquest of Poland, 300,000 Jews have been murdered, a crime against humanity.

They implored readers not to be complicit:

Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil falls from our eyes and the most horrible crimes reach the light of day?

Scholl’s father, an avowed anti-Nazi arrested for criticising Hitler to a colleague, raised his children to stand up for what they believed in their hearts:

What I want for you is to live in uprightness and freedom of spirit, no matter how difficult that proves to be.

His words were prophetic. In October 1943, a Nazi court sentenced Sophie and Hans Scholl, along with Christoph Probst, to death by guillotine. Before her execution at the age of 21, Sophie said:

Such a fine sunny day and I have to go. However, what does my death matter if thousands of people are awakened through us and stirred to action?”

6 February 2018

Timeline

https://timeline.com/sophie-scholl-world-war-ii-anti-nazi-beheaded-history-268030b3d310

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

28 January 2014. A Point to Ponder… Where Have All the Heroes Gone?

00 Sophie Scholl. 28.01.14

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I did the best that I could do for my nation. Therefore, I don’t regret my conduct and will bear the consequences that result from my conduct.

Sophie Scholl

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On 22 February 1943, the Fascists executed Sophie Scholl for opposing their warmongering and racialist policies. There’s no doubt that she was a heroine. Today, we saw the death of Pete Seeger, a man unafraid of the authorities if there ever was one. Where have all the heroes gone? They’re here… but the lamestream media lambastes them. My view is simple… if Rush Limbaugh, the Heritage Foundation, Freedom House, CNN, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Barbara Boxer (they’re all the same under the skin… they’re all neoliberal backers of Me-First Consumerism) trash you, you’re doing something right.

Keep up the fight… but don’t forget, “freedom ain’t free”. Shall you swallow a kopeck’s worth? As Sophie Scholl wrote:

I’m still so remote from God that I don’t even sense his presence when I pray. Sometimes, when I utter God’s name, in fact, I feel like sinking into a void. It isn’t a frightening or dizzying sensation, it’s nothing at all… and that’s far more terrible. Yet, prayer is the only remedy for it, and however many devils scurry around inside me, I’ll cling to the rope God threw me in Jesus Christ, even if my numb hands can no longer feel it.

One of her associates was Alexander Schmorell, a Russo-German, canonised by the ROCOR in 2012.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

St Alexander Schmorell the Passionbearer and New Martyr Canonised in München

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I prayerfully join you in this important and holy day for the German Diocese, and from my heart greet you on the celebration of the canonisation of Holy Martyr Alexander Schmorell, who joins the many millions of Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia!

Through his selfless life, podvig, and martyric death, Alexander Schmorell witnessed his love for God and His Image, reflected in his neighbour. Wickedness despises good. Good tortures the forces of evil, rends it apart, while wickedness gnashes its teeth in hatred and desires that we all depart from God, from Divine love. They tempt us with great power, a power called egotism. It divides mankind, sowing hatred, wrath, and condemnation within us. This terrible force wishes to rip us away from God’s love and make us the obedient slaves of our madness. The egotist recognizes only himself; he thinks that all must obey him… he thinks that he alone understands everything and does not love those who do not pay him the respect he lays claim to. The egotist makes an idol of himself, believing everyone must worship him. Egotism is a terrible disease, and the forces of evil exploit it to turn mankind away from God. We must all struggle against this feeling, and the example of the love of the man canonised on this day, New Martyr Alexander, can help us. May he be the intercessor of our spiritual correction, of the renewal of our lives and our internal powers!

Beloved brothers and sisters, since this struggle faces each one of us, let us often turn in prayer to this newly-glorified saint and ask that he help us. May his loving intercession always accompany us in life, and especially in church life! Once again, I congratulate you all with this joyful event, and, from my soul, I wish you bountiful mercies and blessings from God!

3 February 2012

Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral

ROCOR Official Website

http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2012/20120203_engermandiocese.html

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The Russian Soul of the “White Rose” (written by the historian Igor Khramov)

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The Russian Orthodox Church declared one of the founders of an anti-Hitler movement in wartime Germany a saint, 69 years after the Nazis beheaded him. The church canonised Alexander Schmorell for his involvement in the White Rose group, which vented its disgust of Hitler and the Nazi régime by writing pamphlets opposing the regime and condemning the treatment of Soviet citizens under German occupation. The group also took to daubing walls in München , the birthplace of the Nazi party, with slogans such as “Down with Hitler” and “Freedom”.

Schmorell, who had a Russian mother, was baptised into the Orthodox Church and remained a committed Christian till he was sent to the guillotine in 1943, aged 25. The Church also recognised that along with his rejection of Nazism, Schmorell had little time for communism. Archpriest Nikolai Artemoff, who had led the campaign to have Schmorell canonised, said, “For us, he took a very important stance, in rejecting both Bolshevism and National Socialism”. Alexa Busch, the new saint’s niece, said, “His faith was surely one of the reasons he was so free and independent”.

Schmorell had become involved in the White Rose movement when he was a medical student in München. Disgusted at the immorality of Hitler’s totalitarian state he wrote four pamphlets, calling for Germans to reject the “fascist criminals”, which were then copied and distributed covertly by the small group of fellow students that comprised the group. A stint as a combat medic on the Eastern Front exposed the idealistic student to the appalling treatment German forces meted out to Soviet civilians and POWs. On his return to München, he and the White Rose Circle printed a fifth pamphlet, telling people that the “day of reckoning” had arrived “for the most contemptible tyrant our people have ever endured”. The leaflets prompted the Gestapo to increase their efforts to capture the White Rose, and they arrested all of them in 1943. Schmorell was found guilty of “political crimes” against the German state and executed.

6 February 2012

Matthew Day

The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/9064139/Declared-a-saint-the-anti-Hitler-activist-beheaded-by-Nazis-at-age-25.html

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The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROOCR) canonised Russian national Alexander Schmorell, a native of Orenburg, executed by the Nazis in 1943 for organising an anti-fascist student group called the White Rose, the Church Herald reported. The ceremony to glorify St Alexander Schmorell the Passionbearer and New Martyr, who was 25 yeas old when he died, ended in Germany this past weekend. He was the first New Martyr glorified after the restoration of canonical communion between the MP and the ROCOR in 2007, following 80 years of separation. The ROCOR separated from MP in 1927 because its members deemed that MP leadership’s loyalty to the Bolshevik state was inappropriate. The canonisation took place in the Cathedral of Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia in München and was Archbishop Mark Arndt of Berlin and all Germany led the services. On Saturday, the head of an Orenburg charity said that a procession with crosses and icons in Munich marked the canonisation, and that a Pannikhida at Schmorell’s grave followed the procession.

Schmorell, born in 1917, was the son of a German whose family moved to Russia in the 19th century. His mother was the daughter of an Orthodox priest. In 1921, the family decided to return to Germany and moved to München, where Schmorell attended a local Russian Orthodox parish. After returning from the front in 1942, following service in the German army as a military medic, Schmorell organised, together with his colleagues Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst, the White Rose Circle and started distributing anti-Hitler leaflets. The authorities executed them on the guillotine in the following year.

6 February 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/Religion/20120206/171184239.html

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The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) canonised Alexander Schmorell, for his preaching of repentance and his Confession of the Orthodox faith. He was an activist in the anti-fascist student organisation, White Rose, executed on the guillotine by Nazis on 13 July 1943 in Stadelheim Prison in München, the ROCOR Diocese of Berlin and Germany listed him amongst its locally-venerated saints, according to the Church Herald. The act of canonisation took place on 4-5 February at the Cathedral of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia in München, on its patronal feast day, led by Archbishop Mark Arndt of Berlin and all Germany. On Saturday, 4 February, the celebration began with a procession from the Cathedral to the Friedhof am Perlacher Forst in München, where the clergy served the last Pannikhida at the grave of Alexander Schmorell before his glorification. Then, at the All-Night Vigil in the Cathedral, the clergy brought out the icon of the newly-canonised St Alexander Schmorell the New Martyr and sang the service to him. On Sunday, 5 February, there was a Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral.

Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral of New York and Eastern America, the First Hierarch of the ROCOR, in his general letter on canonisation, said, “Through his selfless life, podvig, and martyric death, Alexander Schmorell witnessed his love for God and His Image, reflected in his neighbour”. Vladyki Hilarion pointed up that New Martyr Alexander had the opportunity to avoid punishment and save his life, but he voluntarily embraced suffering, overcoming his own egotism, which “desires that we all depart from God, from Divine love”. Metropolitan Hilarion said he hoped that from now glorified in the saints, Alexander Schmorell would “be the intercessor of our spiritual correction, of the renewal of our lives and our internal powers”.

Alexander Schmorell is the first New Martyr glorified after the resumption of canonical communion between the MP and the ROCOR. He was born 16 September 1917 in Orenburg in Siberia. In 1921, Alexander’s family moved to München, however, the future martyr didn’t lose his spiritual connection to his distant homeland, as he attended a local Russian Orthodox parish. In 1942, when a student at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of München, Alexander Schmorell, along with his friend Hans Scholl, began to compose and distribute anti-Hitler leaflets, creating the resistance group White Rose, which included Schmorell’s friend from his gymnasium days, Christoph Probst, their friend, also a student, Willi Graf, and the brother-and-sister team of Hans and Sophie Scholl. The Gestapo uncovered the group in February 1943; its members went to trial and the court convicted them, ordering them executed on the guillotine.

6 February 2012

Pravoslavie.ru

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/news/51402.htm

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On Saturday 4 February and Sunday 5 February 2012, on the feastday of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, München hosted the local glorification of Alexander Schmorell, who died a martyr’s death, now numbered as one of the Assembly of the Holy New Martyrs of Russia. Firmly confessing the Orthodox Faith, Schmorell stood against the theomachistic anti-Christian policies of the Nazi régime and embodied that resistance with his close friends, creating the White Rose Circle. St Alexander suffered death on the guillotine, and, fifty years after these tragic events, near the spot where Alexander consummated his heroism (подвиг), and near the place of his burial, an Orthodox church appeared.

On Saturday at 15.30, from the Cathedral towards the Friedhof am Perlacher Forst,  the clergy led a large procession to the graves of Alexander’s friends, the brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, and Christoph Probst, executed in February 1943. They honoured the memory of prayer and a moment of silence. Then, the participants in this out-of-the-ordinary and rare phenomenon, the making of a saint from a mere mortal man, trudged through the snow-covered cemetery to the grave of Alexander Schmorell. Despite the bitter cold, the priests served a litiya, and, then, the marchers returned to the cathedral for the last Pannikhida for Alexander before his glorification. After the Vigil service, the clergy brought out the icon of the new saint and they sang the service to the new saint before it.

On Sunday, 5 February, at the Divine Liturgy, Alexander Schmorell was named amongst the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, who are the heavenly patrons of the München Cathedral. Metropolitan Valentin Mishchuk of Orenburg and Saraktash, Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Chernovtsy and all Bukovina, Archbishop Feofan Galinsky of Berlin and all Germany of the MP, and Bishop Michael Donskoff of Geneva and Western Europe, and Bishop Agapit Gorachek of Stuttgart (Vicar of the Diocese of Berlin and all Germany) of the ROCOR attended the services of the glorification. Archbishop Mark Arndt of Berlin and all Germany of the ROCOR led the services.

A few hours later, at the largest cultural centre in Bavaria, the Gasteig Centre, the MIR Russian Cultural Centre in München, together with the Evraziya Orenburg Charity Foundation, sponsored a concert in memory of the heroes of the student resistance group, one of whose members was the Orthodox Holy New Martyr Alexander Schmorell. Descendants of the heroes from the families of Schmorell and Probst, Alexander’s friend Nicholas Hamazaspian, Igor Khramov (Orenburg historian, author of the first book in Russian about Schmorell, The Russian Soul of the White Rose), as well as retired Brigadier General Wolfgang Vogel (director of the travelling exhibition “White Rose”), attended the event.

The MIR Centre named its event after the closing line of the last letter of Alexander Schmorell to his parents written before his execution, “Never forget God!” Tatiana Lukin, the President of the MIR Centre opened the event, telling how the sponsors came up with this name, and read the words of Alexander Schmorell’s brother, Erich Schmorell (1921-2005), who wrote the MIR Centre, “I’m confident, if Alexander had lived, he certainly would have been a member of the MIR Centre, because his whole life served as a symbolic bridge between the Russian and German culture”, which is the main task of the centre. the main themes of the programme were civic courage and the struggle for freedom, not only personal freedom, but also the freedom of nations, tuned out to be touching, sublime, and so humanly soulful touched so many people that one heard descriptions of it as the best event that the MIR Centre created over its 20 years of existence. The actor Arthur Galiandin, reading the letters of Alexander Schmorell, Sergei Ivanov, who performed Alexander’s favourite songs, and virtuoso cimbalom player Mikhail Leonchik were the centrepieces of the presentation.

Metropolitan Valentin Mishchuk of Orenburg and Saraktash (MP), Archbishop Mark Arndt of Berlin and all Germany (ROCOR), Bishop Agapit Gorachek of Stuttgart (ROCOR), and München Cathedral rector Archpriest Nikolai Artemoff, attended the evening’s programme.

6 February 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2012/02/06/65470036.html

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The grave of St Alexander Schmorell (1917-43) in the Friedhof am Perlacher Forst in München

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On 4 and 5 February, when the ROCOR cathedral in München, dedicated to the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, it held the final act of canonisation of a local martyr murdered in 1943, Alexander Schmorell, who was born in 1917 in Orenburg in Siberia, an active participant in the anti-fascist White Rose Circle. On 4 February, more than a hundred parishioners and pilgrims formed a procession from the Cathedral to the Friedhof am Perlacher Forst, the location of Alexander Schmorell’s grave, as well as the graves of his companions in the White Rose Circle. The clergy served a Pannikhida, after which an All-night Vigil was held at the cathedral, during which the icon of the New Martyr (painted by Paul Drozdowski) resided in the middle of church and the clergy sang the troprar of the New Martyr Alexander.

On 5 February, the cathedral hosted a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy attended by Metropolitan Valentin Mishchuk of Orenburg and Saraktash, Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Chernovtsy and all Bukovina, Archbishop Feofan of Berlin and all Germany of the MP, as well as Archbishop Mark Arndt of Berlin and all Germany, Bishop Michael Donzoff of Geneva and Western Europe, and Bishop Agapit Gorachek of Stuttgart (Vicar of the Diocese of Berlin and all Germany) of the ROCOR, assisted by 12 priests. Also in attendance were RC Bishop Engelbert Zibler (Vicar of the Diocese of München) and the head of Inter-Christian movement of the Bavarian Capital, Dr Florian Wilhelm Schuppe. The clergy read the text of the official letter of the First Hierarch of the ROCOR, Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral of New York and Eastern America, who called everyone to turn prayerfully to the new saint, saying, “May he be the intercessor of our spiritual correction, of the renewal of our lives and our internal powers”. Then, the clergy asked those present to pray for Metropolitan Hilarion, who’s currently in Australia preparing for surgery. Statements from the ambo of the cathedral, sermons, and speeches, all reiterated the self-sacrificing life, deeds, and martyrdom of St Alexander Schmorell, testifying to his love for God.

Baptised as an Orthodox Christian, Alexander Schmorell moved with his family to Germany, attending the parish in München with his Russian nanny and half-brother Erich. During the Nazi régime, Alexander and his colleagues of the White Rose Circle distributed leaflets showing the opposition of Christian values and culture to the Nazi’s obsession with the occult and pagan barbarism. On 26 February 1943, the second day after his arrest, Alexander said during an interrogation, “First and foremost, I want to again emphasise that I’m in my thinking and feeling more Russian than German. However, I ask you to take into account that I don’t identify Russia with the notion of Bolshevism, on the contrary, I’m a frank enemy of Bolshevism”. Before Alexander Schmorell’s martyrdom, Fr Aleksandr Lovchy, the parish priest in München, heard his confession and gave him Holy Communion. From Stadelheim Prison, where his execution took place on the guillotine on 13 July 1943, he wrote a last letter to his parents, and, through them, to all his friends. In it, we read the following:

By God’s will, I should now complete their earthly life to enter into another, which will never end, and where we’ll meet again. … In just a few hours, I’ll be in a better life, by my mother, and I’ll not forget you; I’ll ask God to grant you solace and peace. I’ll wait for you! One thing, above all, let me leave this on your hearts… Never forget God!

In the evening of 5 February, the Gasteig Centre in München held a memorial programme, “Never Forget God!” dedicated to Alexander Schmorell. A local Russian cultural centre, “MIR, sponsored this event, held in German. Attendees included figures from political, cultural, and artistic circles in Bavaria, including retired Brigadier General Wolfgang Vogel (director of the travelling exhibition “White Rose”), they watched a documentary film about Schmorell. Also in the hall were Orthodox clergy, relatives of Schmorell and Probst, Alexander’s friend Nicholas Hamazaspian,who helped Alexander in the difficult days of hiding from persecution by the Gestapo, and Orenburg historian Igor Khramov, author of the first book in Russian about Schmorell, The Russian Soul of the “White Rose”.

The German and Austrian media commented extensively on the canonisation of Alexander Schmorell, as did the Catholic press as well, which noted that his colleagues Hans Scholl was a Protestant and Willi Graf a Catholic. The Vatican newspaper l’Osservatore Romano called the event “a tribute to a 20th century martyr”. Vatican Radio pointed up, “Whilst the White Rose wasn’t a religious group per se, you can’t deny that the faith of these young people was one of the main reasons that prompted them to act with such courage”.

6 February 2012

Sedmitza.ru

http://www.sedmitza.ru/news/2775436.html

Sunday, 5 February 2012

5 February 2012. They’re Beating the War Drums… A Saint Speaks Out on That…

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We won’t be silent. We’re your bad conscience. The White Rose won’t leave you in peace!

St Alexander Schmorell the New Martyr and Passionbearer and Those with Him

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The Corporate Media are beating the war drums. All you see are articles telling you how “evil” Iran is and how “war is inevitable”. That’s utter hooey of the most disgusting and false sort. Iran only wants “the Bomb” because its leaders (who aren’t “mad mullahs”, by the way) notice that the USA and its lickspittle allies in NATO back off when a country has nuclear arms. That’s the long and short version of why Iran wants WMDs… they already posses a chemical warfare capability, so, this isn’t all that much a step-up for them. In any case, Iran is THE regional power, and has been since the beginning of recorded history. Iran (or Persia (and here), or Parthia) is one of the oldest surviving major civilisational blocs on earth (it’s also a part of the Islamic World, but that’s not a uniform monolith), only the Egyptians, Chinese, and Hindus are as ancient (the only European group with a pedigree as long is the Greeks).

Much hot air is about, from both pundits and pols. What does the Church think of that? Rather… what did a Saint think of that? After all, the Church investigates potential saints, so, that means that the Church finds their public utterances to be “in sync” with its Dogma and Doctrine (by and large… saints aren’t infallible). What did the newly-canonised St Alexander Schmorell the New Martyr and Passionbearer and his colleagues in the White Rose Circle say about warmongering? It’s applicable to post-1991 America… especially after the unprovoked and god-denying evil of the Easter Bombing of Belgrade in 1999 (what came afterwards was only “more of the same”). I find it worrisome and à propos.

Replace “German”, “National Socialist”, and “Hitler” with “American”, “America” and “Republican”, and it’s chilling to the bone. It denounces everything the USA stood for since 1991… it’s an exposure of the self-serving vacuity of the last thirty years in American politics. It’s an unambiguous condemnation of the project of Global Hegemony pursued in Washington as we speak, of those who lead it, and of those in the upper reaches of the political, state, military, academic, and media apparats (the “Inside the Beltway” commandos… which includes a few Orthodox clerics, sadly enough). The USA actually doesn’t have the financial or military resources to assert such an hegemony, and the efforts at it are one of the main causes of the present economic meltdown (by refusing to raise the proper taxation on the rich to pay for the warmongering that benefits them), but that doesn’t stop hubristical elements amongst Neocons and Interventionists from attempting the project. At present, the USA’s economically knackered and its forces are war-weary. God willing, let there be no war… it’d be disastrous.

Let’s see…

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Isn’t it true that every honest German’s ashamed of his government these days? Who amongst us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that’ll befall our children and us when, one day, the veil falls from our eyes, and the most horrible of crimes… crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure… reach the light of day?

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Why do German people behave so apathetically in the face of all these abominable crimes, crimes so unworthy of the human race? The German people slumber on in their dull stupid sleep and encourage these fascist criminals. [The German] must evidence not only sympathy… no, much more… a sense of complicity in guilt. Through his apathetic behaviour, he gives these evil men the opportunity to act as they do… he himself is to blame for the fact that it came about at all! Each man wants to be exonerated… however, he can’t be exonerated; he’s guilty, guilty, guilty! Now, that we have recognised [the Nazis] for what they are, it must be the sole and first duty, the holiest duty, of every German to destroy these beasts.

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Why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly, and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until, one day, nothing, nothing at all, is left but a mechanised state system presided over by criminals and drunks? Has abuse so crushed your spirit already that you forget it’s your right… or, rather, your moral duty… to eliminate this system? Every convinced opponent of National Socialism must ask himself how he can fight against the present “state” in the most effective way, how he can strike it the most telling blows. We must use passive resistance, without a doubt.

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Are we to be forever a nation hated and rejected by all mankind? No. Dissociate yourselves from National Socialist gangsterism. Prove by your deeds that you think otherwise, for a new war of liberation’s about to begin. The better part of the nation will fight on our side. Cast off the cloak of indifference you’ve wrapped around you. Make the decision before it is too late. Don’t believe the National Socialist propaganda that’s driven the fear of Bolshevism into your bones. Don’t believe that Germany’s welfare is linked to the victory of National Socialism for good or ill. A criminal régime can’t achieve a German victory. Whilst there’s still time, separate yourselves from everything connected with National Socialism. In the aftermath, a terrible but just judgement will be meted out to those who stayed in hiding, who were cowardly and hesitant.

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Every word that comes from Hitler’s mouth is a lie. When he says peace, he means war, and when he blasphemously uses the name of the Almighty, he means the power of evil, the fallen angel, Satan. His mouth is the foul-smelling maw of Hell, and his might is at bottom accursed. True, we must conduct a struggle against the National Socialist terrorist state with rational means; but whoever today still doubts the reality, the existence of demonic powers, has failed by a wide margin to understand the metaphysical background of this war. Behind the concrete, the visible events, behind all objective, logical considerations, we find the irrational element… the struggle against the demon, against the servants of the Antichrist. Everywhere and at all times demons have lurked in the dark, waiting for the moment when man is weak; when, of his own volition, he leaves his place in the order of Creation as founded for him by God in freedom; when he yields to the force of evil, separates himself from the powers of a higher order; and after voluntarily taking the first step, he’s driven on to the next and the next at a furiously accelerating rate. Everywhere and at all times of greatest trial men have appeared, prophets and saints, who cherished their freedom, who preached the One God, and who His help brought the people to a reversal of their downward course. Man’s free, to be sure, but without the true God, he’s defenceless against the principle of evil. He’s a like rudderless ship, at the mercy of the storm, an infant without his mother, a cloud dissolving into thin air.

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By means of gradual, treacherous, systematic abuse, the system has put every man into a spiritual prison. Only now, finding himself lying in fetters, has he become aware of his fate. Only a few recognised the threat of ruin, and the reward for their heroic warning was death. If everyone waits until the other man makes a start, the messengers of avenging Nemesis will come steadily closer; then, even the last victim will have been cast senselessly into the maw of the insatiable demon. Therefore, every individual, conscious of his responsibility as a member of Christian and Western civilisation, must defend himself as best he can at this late hour, he must work against the scourges of mankind, against fascism and any similar system of totalitarianism. Offer passive resistance… resistance… wherever you may be, forestall the spread of this atheistic war machine before it’s too late. Don’t forget, every nationality deserves the régime that it’s willing to endure!

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I knew what I took upon myself, and I was prepared to lose my life by doing so.

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I’m not advising anyone to resist any coming war with Iran with violence or force… not only is it pointless, for it puts us in same amoral and theomachistic cesspit with the Neocon Republicans and Interventionist Democrats, it’s idiotic. The state would act swiftly, concocting whatever “criminal” case it needed, and your arse would be in the slam, and for a VERY long time (you might even find yourself in a secret detention facility, the latest Defence Bill did authorise such).

What can we do? If you’re in the forces, there’s not much at all that you can do. If you disobey orders, you’re shitcanned and that’s that. You’d have to follow your conscience… and that’s something that I (or anyone else, for that matter) can’t dictate to you. As for the rest of us, there’s not much that we can do about it, either, as Uncle Sugar grabs his taxes directly out of our paycheques, but we needn’t be silent about it. Besides that, we DO have the vote. Vote AGAINST the soulless and greedy creepozoids who vote for war (and notice who supports them… and oppose them, too). Above all… SPEAK OUT! Pass on the word of the White Rose… We won’t be silent. We’re your bad conscience. The White Rose won’t leave you in peace!

Freedom ain’t “free”… the White Rose Circle drained the cup to the dregs… shall you swallow a kopeck’s worth?

We WON’T Be Silent!

In The Name Of Life!

BMD

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