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Standing Up To the Madness: Ordinary Heroes In Extraordinary Times

Standing Up To the Madness: Ordinary Heroes In Extraordinary Times - Amy Goodman, David Goodman Q:
It is business as usual in our one-party state.
In 1942, a group of students and their professor at the University of Munich in Germany responded to the tyranny and oppression of the Nazi regime by secretly publishing and distributing a series of six leaflets. This nonviolent resistance group called itself the White Rose. Its leaders included Hans and Sophie Scholl, a brother and sister who were devout Christians, and philosophy professor Kurt Huber. The students typed the leaflets, ran off copies, and secretly sent them by courier to cities around Nazi Germany to be left in public places. They wanted to ensure that Germans could never say that they didn’t know what was happening in their name. And they hoped to inspire their fellow citizens to rise up and actively oppose the Nazi regime.
Hans and Sophie Scholl and Kurt Huber were caught by the Gestapo while distributing their sixth leaflet. They were tried for political crimes in the Volksgerichtshof, the so-called People’s Court, and beheaded. Today, numerous buildings and streets in Germany are named for the Scholls and Huber. Polls show that they are considered to be among the most admired people in all of German history.
As their fourth leaflet implored:We will not be silent. We are your guilty conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!
is up. You gotta go,” he said. “You can’t be in here protesting.” The silver-haired vet was baffled. Then the officer pointed to the problem: Ferner’s black T-shirt said “Veterans For Peace.” It featured a picture of a dove carrying an olive branch, the logo of the national peace group.This could mean only one thing: The aging seaman was a threat to national security.Ferner tried to convince Adkins to go back to his duties “guarding against serious terrorists.”The officer flipped open his badge and said, “No, not with that shirt. You’re protesting and you have to go.” Ferner facetiously suggested the cop arrest him for his T-shirt. Within seconds, the veteran was wearing handcuffs and heading to jail. The charges: disorderly conduct, a weapons charge (Ferner was carrying a small Swiss Army knife), and criminal trespassing. He was fined $275.“I’m sure I could go back to Officer Adkins’s fiefdom with a shirt that said, ‘Nuke all the hajjis,’ or ‘Show us your tits,’ or any number of truly obscene things and no one would care.“I have to believe that this whole country has not yet gone insane, just the government,” said this veteran for peace. “This kind of behavior can’t be tolerated. It must be challenged.”