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The WHITE ROSE SOCIETY was a group formed by students Hans and Sophie
Scholl and a band of friends, theologians and professors. Their common
goals were to stand against the Nazi regime that was terrorizing their country
in the early 1940's and more importantly to declare that Christ was the supreme
power and not Adolph Hitler. They secretly wrote and printed leaflets
behind a church organ. They would then take as many as 2000 of them
at a time and randomly distribute this bold writing in cities such as
Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Vienna, Frieburg, Saarbreuken and Mannheim.
They soon networked with others outside of their environment of Munich
and Ulm. They joined forces with the swingkids and other scattered groups
of dissidents. They often met in cafes to discuss art, literature, poetry and music.
They went on skiing trips, long hikes into the forest and concerts. The distributed
an underground magazine called Windlicht which means wind, light, a hurricane
or storm lamp. The essays contained in it were an outlet of expression against the
political / military machine that was devouring Germany.
Christopher Probst age 24
Hans Scholl age 25
Sophie Scholl age 22 ~
The sentence has already been carried out ~
Eventually the members of the WHITE ROSE SOCIETY were discovered
and arrested as enemies of the state. At Sophie Scholl's trial she showed
so much faith, strength, courage and dignity that even the Nazi guards
were stunned. The courtroom became a platform for her to shine through
the heavy darkness that hung like storm clouds.
"I entered a spacious hall... vaulted ceiling black with soot...
the hearts of the believers vibrated in unison...
One could sense the stirring, the outpouring of souls unfolding after
a long and terrible silence, souls that had at last found their way back to
their true home... I could have wept for joy, because my heart too was
loosing its bonds one by one.
I wanted to love and laugh because I could see that hovering above
these defeated people was an angel stronger than the powers of nothingness.
Spiritual Nihilism was a major threat to European civilization, but as soon as it
underwent its ultimate Development in the total war to which we have finally
succumbed and as soon as it veiled the mighty sky like a sea of grey cloud, it was
vanquished. Nothing comes after nothing, yet kindle the flame and pass it from
hand to hand until a new wave of rebirth inundates the land. The veil of cloud is
rent asunder, as it were by the sunlight of a new religious awakening." ~ Hans Scholl ~
~from the 4th leaflet of The White Rose ~