23.12.08

White Rose Society

Fr Tim Finigan Parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen has posted at his blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity. a redirect from John Smeaton about the Anti-Nazi resistance group called the White Rose (1). This non-violent group of students and their professor printed and distributed anti-Nazi tracts from June 1942 to February 1943. The six core members were captured by the Nazis and were beheaded. All of these were influenced by their moral teachings.

Isn’t it true that every honest German is ashamed of his government these days? Who among us can imagine the degree of shame that will come upon us and our children when the veil falls from our faces and the awful crimes that infinitely exceed any human measure are exposed to the light of day?” — From the first leaflet of the White Rose.

The courage of these youths is especially appropriate for today, in a time when abortion may be had at any time, when Christian morality is ridiculed, and at a time when euthanasia is permitted by law in some countries.

This week the film Valkyrie will come out in theatres. While I welcome the films theme, it is a film which will portray the violence in the attempted tyrannicide of Hitler by Claus Graf von Stauffenberg. How much more inspiring is the story of these few who chose to stand up to oppression non violently?

The words of the White Rose echo down to us today.

“ Since the conquest of Poland three hundred thousand Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way … The German people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these fascist criminals … Each man wants to be exonerated of a guilt of this kind, each one continues on his way with the most placid, the calmest conscience. But he cannot be exonerated; he is guilty, guilty, guilty!" — From the second leaflet of the White Rose.

Today this might read: “Since the 1973 1.37 million babies have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way … The people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these criminals … Each man wants to be exonerated of a guilt of this kind, each one continues on his way with the most placid, the calmest conscience. But he cannot be exonerated; he is guilty, guilty, guilty!"

Fr Tim ends his article, All these years later, it is apposite to compare the White Flower campaign of SPUC to the White Rose campaign of the resistance within Nazi Germany. They were working in very different times, certainly; but the parallels are most striking.

In the Nazi Germany of the 40's, dissidents were hunted down. Those who would not conform to the ideology were suppressed brutally, as here with 6 beheadings. Today if one challenges a woman's so called "right" to abortion or any other immoral practice one is labeled as backward, or homophobic, or anti-abortion, or biased, or racist, or simply as intolerant. This is our "beheading". This is the Christian's modern persecution. This is how the liberal minority tries to silence us. We must not sleep. We must be awake to the evil that surround us. We must choose Christ. There is no other way.

Thanks to Father Tim in Blackfen.

Jhesu+Marie.
de Brantigny

Photo Description: Photograph of a student resistance movement called the White Rose, active in Germany during the Third Reich. The image shows Christoph Probst (left), Sophie Scholl (center), and Hans Scholl (right)(Willi Graf and Alex Schmorell are missing on this picture), Munich, Germany, 1942. Photograph from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

(1) Although Wikipedia is used as a reference herein, care must be exersized when reading entries there, as it is known that some groups who do not agree with material have been known to edit entries to mislead the reader. The entry used here is consistant with the facts as of this date, 22 Dec 2008.

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