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The White Rose

There are many examples, leading up to and during World War II, of resistance movements. Usually it was a group outside Germany within countries that had been taken over by Hitler’s armies. The French are well known, as well as others, who risk everything for FREEDOM and eventual peace.

It may not be as familiar with some of my readers that there were Germans who also resisted. In fact, there were several movement who paid a great price for their heroic deeds. One was known as the White Rose. Perhaps three of the most famous were a brother and sister, Hans and Sophie Scholl, who were students in the University of Munich. Christoph Probst, a married father of three, was also part of the White Rose movement. They believed that the German people had suffered greatly under Adolph Hitler and the crimes he was committing against humanity was totally against their conscience and Christian beliefs.

White Rose Resistance at University of Munich

Exactly what was the White Rose?

The White Rose ( Weiße Rose) was a non-violent, intellectual, resistance group in the Third Reich led by a group of students. The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign that called for active opposition to the Nazi regime. Their activities started on 27 June 1942, and ended with the arrest of the core group by the Gestapo on 18 February 1943. The Scholls, as well as others, carried on distributing the pamphlets, faced show trials  by the Nazi People’s Court  (Volksgerichtshof), and many of them were sentenced to death or imprisonment.

Hans, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst were executed by guillotine four days after their arrest, on February 22nd, 1943. During the trial, Sophie interrupted the judge multiple times. No defendants were given any opportunity to speak.

The Final Days Presentation of Sophie Scholl on trial.

The group wrote, printed and initially distributed their pamphlets in the greater Munich region. Later on, secret carriers brought copies to other cities, mostly in the southern parts of Germany. In total, the White Rose authored six leaflets, which were multiplied and spread, in a total of about 15,000 copies. They denounced the Nazi regime’s crimes and oppression, and called for resistance.

In their second leaflet, they openly denounced the persecution and mass murder of the Jews.  By the time of their arrest, the members of the White Rose were just about to establish contacts with other German resistance groups like the Kreisau Circle or the Schulze-Boysen/Harnack group of the Red Orchestra. Today, the White Rose is well known both within Germany and worldwide. (Wikipedia)

A surviving member of the White Rose gave this description of life in Germany at that time:

“The government—or rather, the party—controlled everything: the news media, arms, police, the armed forces, the judiciary system, communications, travel, all levels of education from kindergarten to universities, all cultural and religious institutions. Political indoctrination started at a very early age, and continued by means of the Hitler Youth with the ultimate goal of complete mind control. Children were exhorted in school to denounce even their own parents for derogatory remarks about Hitler or Nazi ideology.”— George J. Wittenstein, M.D., “Memories of the White Rose” (Wikipedia)

Should this not be a history lesson for all of us today, who have the democratic privilege to vote for our officials…or see that our own society’s voice may be slipping away with more and more government control?

What motivated Hans and Sophie Scholl to stand strong under such oppression?

Sophie’s own words tell of her CHRISTIAN CONSCIENCE. This was the great motivator to do something important in the midst of evil. Here are some of her quotes:

Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone.”

“An end in terror is preferable to terror without end.”

“How can we expect fate to let a righteous cause prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to a righteous cause?”

“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. “

I will cling to the rope God has thrown me in Jesus Christ, even when my numb hands can no longer feel it.”

(quotes from article by Bill Muehlenberg)

On the back of Sophie’s indictment, she wrote FREEDOM (from Institute fuer Zeitgeschichte.)

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HONORS in recent history for Sophie and Hans Scholl by the German people

The Geschwister-Scholl-Institut (“Scholl Siblings Institute”) for Political Science at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) is named in honour of Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans. The institute is home to the university’s political science and communication departments, and is housed in the former Radio Free Europe building close to the city’s Englischer Garten. (Wikipedia)

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OPPRESSION CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE

Will you or I be willing to speak up against it?

VIDEO Turn up your sound. Scenes from the movie The Final Days based on the true story of the White Rose Resistance. (The full movie is on You Tube)


Free Speech on one side… Path to Radicalization

Protesters at Trump rally Chicago

Is anyone surprised that the University of Chicago students would mass to express their right to free speech, while denying it to those who may have opposing views?   This is what happened at a political rally this past evening in Chicago.  One by-stander said, “I came to just hear what the candidate was saying. I’ve not made up my mind on how I will vote.”  He never had the chance to hear and make up his mind because the Chicago police advised that the thousands protesting outside might get dangerous.  The rally was called off. Free speech was stopped.

rally chicago 2016

 

It may not surprise anyone either that one particular man who has been a professor at the University of Chicago and a guest speaker at many universities throughout the country has been himself a radical activist since the 1960’s. His name is William Charles Ayers (Bill).  He was part of the Weather Underground Organization (WUO), which was organized on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan in 1969 as an American radical left-wing organization. Mr. Ayers was arrested three times in Chicago during political rallies of the ’60s.

 

The plan of the WCO  was to create a clandestine revolutionary party for the overthrow of the U.S. government. Their first public demonstration was in 1969 with a riot in Chicago timed to coincide with the trial of the Chicago Seven. This was a group that issued a declaration of war against the U.S. under the name of Weather Underground Organization.  There were bombings to private property connected to the group and in 2001, Mr. Ayers told the New York Times that he was sorry he did not do more. More recently, when asked about any regrets to his involvement in the WUO, he tried to defend his position by not calling it acts of terrorism. Yet, he remains an author for text books used in many of our Universities.

 

The Weather Underground went on to take responsibility for placing several small bombs in empty offices… We did carry out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war and racism, and the attacks on property, never on people, were meant to respect human life and convey outrage and determination to end the Vietnam war. Peaceful protests had failed to stop the war. So we issued a screaming response. But it was not terrorism; we were not engaged in a campaign to kill and injure people indiscriminately, spreading fear and suffering for political ends.”   Bill Ayers

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Most people today, especially the young, probably are not aware of the violent and destructive methods of his organization.  Nevertheless, his beliefs in  Marxist ideas spill over in his talks to faculty and students under the name of “Reforming Education”. Most of our high schools have never taught any of these students what Marxism really is nor  the results of anarchy  in history.  Yes, Chicago and Mr. Ayers are quite familiar with disturbance and public abuse of the rights of all people to free speech on any side of the issue.

When a reporter tried to talk  with the protesters in Chicago, some said they did not want to tell the press why they were protesting or share any valid reasons.  They were just simply  there in mass at the encouragement of someone somewhere.   Then the rally was cancelled and the thousands who wished to be part of it left.  The demonstrators knew one thing and declared it, “We won!”    Some were following Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed socialist and it might be interesting to know what their response would be if he had to cancel his rally because many were denying his followers their free speech.  Students were also asked during other discussions why they were following Senator Sanders.  “I like him because he believes in  social media”. Somehow “social media” and “socialist” don’t connect in meaning.  This,however, is probably the extent of their understanding of the word “socialist“.

The disturbance in Chicago  would  certainly be part of Bill Ayers’ play book and back ground.  He has been an expert on this for years…disrupt…and control.

Bill_Ayres_and_Bernadine_Dohrn wife speak at FSU 2009In 2009, Florida State University had Mr. Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn,  as a guest speakers.    There have been many other universities that have welcomed him with open arms to bring his ideology to the impressionable minds of  young people.  He has taken on the respectable position of a professor of education, guest speaker, author and modern-day activist. Often universities wash their hands of responsibility to students by saying varied guest speakers, like Mr. Ayers, are not endorsed by the University. They make certain that the money paid to these people is other than college funds.  Yet, by giving a nod to radical free speech, the University disallows an opposing opinion  because of concern for disturbance which the radicals will likely promote.  The fairness of a truly open education is  then abandoned and our young people as well as our nation suffer.

Mr. Ayers is a soft spoken, smooth talking person, who could win over most anyone who does not know history or the results a nation faces when there is a movement for disruption and abolishing of  opposing free speech.   This is the first step in radicalizing the young and uninformed, especially when someone can speak or write in a convincing manner. I’m certain Mr. Ayers, and those like him, believe they are doing our youth a favor, as well as our country.

If the young people of today actually learn to stand for democratic ways and cherish them as their heritage, we may have hope in the next generation…unless they are led by anarchists  down a path of  violence, disruption and lack of respect for the opposing view.  If so, look out candidates for Presidency in  both Democrat and Republican parties in November!   It may get very ugly. Even your first amendment rights may be in peril.

Before ending this blog, I would like to pay respect to those university young adults who do recognize the dangers  in denying  individual rights.   In 2013, a student group from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin interviewed students on campus to see what they were aware of in their educational experience.  Who was teaching and  leading them?  Who was writing books that certain courses made required reading?   When they learned about Mr. Ayers, their reaction was one of surprise. They had trusted their  professors and their institute of higher  learning to give them the best in their educational experience.    Our  young people deserve more so that they will not be led blindly. Free speech is wonderful thing in a democracy, but it must be free for all opposing sides.