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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

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

2 March 2017. Lest We Forget… It Was 74 Years Ago…

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The White Rose Group went to the guillotine 74 years ago for their opposition to fascism. Read the above… it could’ve been written yesterday. Now, that’s a meaty reflection. Do remember that all totalitarian systems find willing stoolies and executioners… beware the well-known rightwingers amongst us (we all know who they are, kids)… they’re of that ilk and they idolise Joseph McCarthy. Freisler lives today… and he calls himself “conservative”. The present is all too much like the past, I fear…

BMD

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

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

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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.

BMD

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

14 February 2012. A Point to Ponder…

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