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04/29/2005 Archived Entry: "The White Rose -- first leaflet"

MANY OF US KNOW ABOUT THE TRAGIC AND BRAVE WHITE ROSE. But how many have ever read what they wrote? Randall the Dreamer sends the text of the first White Rose leaflet.

Sounds eerily apt to twenty-first century Americans. Of course, unlike these courageous students, we're not being killed for protesting Our Glorious Leaders. Yet.

Here are all the White Rose leaflets. I haven't read them in full yet, but the very first moment I opened and started to skim one (leaflet six), this jumped out at me:

The Hitler Youth, the SA, the SS have tried to drug us, to revolutionize us, to regiment us in the most promising young years of our lives. "Philosophical training" is the name given to the despicable method by which our budding intellectual development is muffled in a fog of empty phrases.

... A fog of drugging, regimentation, and empty phrases. Where have we encountered that before?

Freedom and honor! For ten long years Hitler and his coadjutor have manhandled, squeezed, twisted, and debased these two splendid German words to the point of nausea, as only dilettantes can, casting the highest values of a nation before swine.

Posted by Claire @ 12:44 PM CST

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