Today we’re going to look at the fourth leaflet written by the original White Rose. It’s a doozy, but once parsed you’ll see that it’s still relevant to our present struggle. You can read the whole leaflet, and the entire series here. I’m going to be trimming a fair bit, so I recommend reading the whole thing; it’s worth it.
There is an ancient maxim that we repeat to our children: “He who won’t listen will have to feel.” But a wise child will not burn his fingers the second time on a hot stove. In the past weeks Hitler has choked up successes in Africa and in Russia. In consequence, optimism on the one hand and distress and pessimism on the other have grown within the German people with a rapidity quite inconsistent with traditional German apathy. On all sides one hears among Hitler’s opponents – the better segments of the population – exclamations of despair, words of disappointment and discouragement, often ending with the question: “Will Hitler now, after all…?”
Meanwhile, the German offensive against Egypt has ground to a halt. Rommel has to bide his time in a dangerously exposed position. But the push into the East proceeds. This apparent success has been purchased at the most horrible expense of human life, and so it can no longer be counted an advantage. Therefore we must warn against all optimism.
Neither Hitler nor Goebbels can have counted the dead. In Russia thousands are lost daily. It is the time of the harvest, and the reaper cuts into the ripe grain with wide strokes. Mourning takes up her abode in the country cottages, and there is no one to dry the tears of the mothers. Yet Hitler feeds with lies those people whose most precious belongings he has stolen and whom he has driven to a meaningless death.
The White Rose’s opening statement holds today: “He who won’t listen will have to feel.” Today most of our nation’s leadership have chosen not to listen to the calls for freedom from the populace. In the wake of every national tragedy, there are more calls for restricting the individual, instead of freeing them to care for themselves.
The authors then address the competing emotions of those who resisted the Nazi regime, “the better segments of the population.” On one hand, they had optimism as the allies began racking up wins against Hitler, stymieing his ambition and bringing into sight an end to the conflict. On the other, how many of their young men, the next generation, children, brothers, fathers, sons, had died in an attempt to sate the madman’s hunger for power?
It seems to me that we will have to address those same emotions if our current struggle goes “hot.”
Before we move into the next section, I believe it’s important to mention the following: As long as you believe in the principles of individual liberty that our nation was founded on and on the principles in our creed, you are welcome here. Although the organizers of TOWR happen to all be Christians, we do not exclude you if you are not and welcome you to our side in this contest.
Every word that comes from Hitler’s mouth is a lie. When he says peace, he means war, and when he blasphemously uses the name of the Almighty, he means the power of evil, the fallen angel, Satan. His mouth is the foul-smelling maw of Hell, and his might is at bottom accursed. True, we must conduct a struggle against the National Socialist terrorist state with rational means; but whoever today still doubts the reality, the existence of demonic powers, has failed by a wide margin to understand the metaphysical background of this war. Behind the concrete, the visible events, behind all objective, logical considerations, we find the irrational element: The struggle against the demon, against the servants of the Antichrist.
I ask you, you as a Christian wrestling for the preservation of your greatest treasure, whether you hesitate, whether you incline toward intrigue, calculation, or procrastination in the hope that someone else will raise his arm in your defence? Has God not given you the strength, the will to fight? We must attack evil where it is strongest, and it is strongest in the power of Hitler.
I’m pretty sure most of our readers will agree that those in power today lie easily and compulsively. We very much live in a world of newspeak where, “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” As I write this article, I wasn’t intending to bring up the tragedy in Roseburg, but it is a timely illustration. The tyrants would have you believe:
“War is Peace”: It is better for you to be a victim in the face of the violent (to be at war), than to peacefully carry the means to defend yourself.
“Freedom is Slavery”: If you have the freedom to carry a gun, you are a slave to fear.
“Ignorance is Strength”: Only the paranoid worry about their own security. Go back to watching the Kardashians and feel superior. Or, alternatively, “Only cowards need a gun”.
The last paragraph quoted above speaks to the apathy of the people; a situation we have also today. Do you wait, procrastinate, waiting for someone else to fix things? It is time to stop worrying about what others will do and time to figure out what you can do. If everyone does what they can do without worrying about everyone else we may start getting somewhere.
We wish expressly to point out that the White Rose is not in the pay of any foreign power. Though we know that National Socialist power must be broken by military means, we are trying to achieve a renewal from within of the severely wounded German spirit. This rebirth must be preceded, however, by the clear recognition of all the guilt with which the German people have burdened themselves, and by an uncompromising battle against Hitler and his all too many minions, party members, Quislings, and the like. With total brutality the chasm that separates the better portion of the nation from everything that is opened wide. For Hitler and his followers there is no punishment on this Earth commensurate with their crimes.
But out of love for coming generations we must make an example after the conclusion of the war, so that no one will ever again have the slightest urge to try a similar action. And do not forget the petty scoundrels in this regime; note their names, so that none will go free! They should not find it possible, having had their part in these abominable crimes, at the last minute to rally to another flag and then act as if nothing had happened! To set you at rest, we add that the addresses of the readers of the White Rose are not recorded in writing. They were picked at random from directories.
We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!
The Order does not believe that we’ve yet reached the point where our tyrant must be broken by military force. However, we do believe that day may yet come. Whichever way it happens, there needs to be a rebirth in the American people. We need to come back to principled Liberty, and the Father of Liberty.
I believe it was John Jacob over at Radio Free Redoubt (apologies if I’m mistaken) who most recently suggested keeping a “Naughty and Nice” list. This is not for reprisals or preemptive violent action, but rather so that if everything does come apart, the same villains won’t find themselves in power again. Remember which politicians and journalists supported anti-gun laws, abortion, and excessive taxation and government waste. Remember those that opposed them.
Friends, our fight is nothing new. The form of the tyrant changes, but it continues to be a fight of Liberty versus Tyranny. I know what side I stand on.
Educate. Empower. Resist.
Long Live Freedom!