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Join The White Rose, the true anti-Nazi group from 1940's Germany

By Patrick follow Patrick   2021 Aug 15, 5:51pm 135 views   11 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


I studied in Munich my fifth undergraduate year, and lived on Christoph Probst Street.



(In the "student city" on subway stop Studenten Stadt)

I looked it up at one point, and he was one of the students that the University of Munich who was beheaded by the Nazis for distributing anti-Nazi flyers on campus, along with the brother and sister Scholl, who were also beheaded.

Their group was called The White Rose.

Someone has recreated this group, and my wife saw one of their stickers on a walk today:



I'm not a fan of Telegram because their demand for a phone number makes it much easier for you to be hunted down and beheaded by the FBI. But you can go direct to their site:

http://jointhewhiterose.com/

It's about printing stickers for public awareness, very much like Christoph Probst and the Scholl siblings distributed leaflets.


7   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 14, 5:41pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I don't like that they require you to:

1. install their printing software, opportunity for spyware
2. install telegram or weme, both of which are definitely spyware, requiring your phone number so that you can be hunted

But they have a lot of good stickers:

https://telegra.ph/ENGLISH-vertical---The-White-Rose-Stickers-04-13

https://telegra.ph/ENGLISH-unofficial---The-White-Rose-Stickers-04-13
8   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2021 Sep 14, 7:47pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

You can use the snipping tool or similar to capture the image from your screen, then print onto label paper.
9   Ceffer   ignore (6)   2021 Sep 14, 7:53pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I never comment on Telegram, just read the main contributors. I also follow the group I went on the Scablands tour with. They are serious and intelligent inquisitors. They are a cornucopia of amazing stuff about earth, history, cosmology and general weird and unexplained things. History is much more bizarre than we think. There are many unraveling mysteries and observations about our earth. I am way behind with them, but I am entertained for hours by them.
10   Ceffer   ignore (6)   2021 Sep 14, 8:01pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

In the 'between the world wars' show Babylon Berlin, they portrayed beheading as a routine form of execution in Germany.
11   EBGuy   ignore (0)   2021 Sep 14, 8:26pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I remember reading about them recently in this Daily Mail article.

Brother and sister who took on a tyrant
One sunny May morning in 1942, a girl with sad brown eyes gazed out of the window of her train, lost in thought.
Sophie Scholl was 20, although she looked younger. She wore a brown skirt, a pink jumper and no make-up, and had a daisy tucked behind one ear.
The green fields gave way to houses and office blocks. This was Munich, where Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party had been born.
The train hissed to a halt. Sophie stepped onto the platform, and there was the kind, clever face of her older brother Hans.
Hans and Sophie had grown up in the countryside, the children of a small-town mayor who had always taught them to do the right thing. 'All I want,' Mr Scholl once told his children, 'is for you to walk straight and free through life, even when it's hard.'
For years, Sophie had tried to live up to her father's words. She had always been a serious-minded girl, who adored drawing, books, trees and flowers.
After leaving school she had trained as a nursery teacher. But she had long dreamed of joining Hans at the university in Munich, where he was studying medicine. And now, in the late spring of 1942, her dream had become a reality.
A few weeks later, the first critical leaflets appeared. They came out every week or two, scattered across the university.
Nobody knew who had written them. But in a country where it was risky even to joke about the Nazis, everybody knew they were dangerous.
'Every honest German,' said the first leaflet, 'is ashamed of his government.' The Nazis had committed 'the most horrible of crimes', and people must stand up and say so.
The second leaflet went further. Hundreds of thousands of Jews, it said, had been 'murdered in this country in the most bestial way'.
The third leaflet called Germany the 'dictatorship of evil'. And the fourth ended with a warning: 'We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!'
For months, Hitler's secret police, the Gestapo, hunted for the authors. But there were no clues. It was as if the leaflets had appeared out of thin air. Then, on February 18, 1943, a janitor at Munich's university noticed something strange. A little before 11 o'clock, a young couple had walked into the main building carrying a suitcase.
Minutes later, the janitor saw the girl on the balcony above the entrance hall. To his amazement, she leaned out and flung a handful of leaflets down into the hall. As the papers fluttered towards the floor, the janitor yelled: 'You are under arrest!' And at that the youngsters just froze, as if stricken with fear.
A few minutes later the Gestapo arrived. Their chief investigator made a note of the youngsters' names: Hans and Sophie Scholl.
Soon the truth came out. Hans and Sophie had been part of a secret little group of Christian students who hated the Nazis and dreamed of a better world. But the penalty was death.
For hours the Gestapo tried to make Sophie change sides. She was young. If she put all the blame on her brother, she might escape execution.
Never, she said. 'I would do it all over again, because I'm not wrong.'
She gazed out of her cell window. 'Such a beautiful sunny day,' she said thoughtfully, 'and I have to go . . .'
On the afternoon of Monday, February 22, 1943, Mr and Mrs Scholl were allowed into the prison.
First, they said goodbye to Hans. His father gave him a long hug. 'You will go down in history,' he whispered.
Then Sophie was brought in. Her mother handed her some biscuits.
'Sophie, remember Jesus,' her mother said.
Sophie smiled. 'Yes, you too,' she said softly.
Back in their cells, the youngsters said their prayers. Then, at five o'clock, the moment came.
Sophie went first, walking calmly to the guillotine. Then came Hans. Just before the blade fell, he gave a last cry of defiance: 'Long live freedom!'
In death, Hans and Sophie had won a victory that would never be forgotten. Their courage was a sign that even in the heart of Hitler's empire, amid all the machinery of destruction, a few young Germans still dared to tell the truth.

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