Standing Up To Fascism: Sophie Scholl (2005)

Posted: May 31, 2009 in Joe Giambrone
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Sophie Scholl DVD
DVD: Sophie Scholl – The Final Days
Sophie Scholl – The Final Days [Blu-ray]

The White Rose Society were college students in Munich in 1942-43. They covertly printed a series of leaflets that opposed Hitler, in an effort to wake up their fellow students. For this they were arrested by the Gestapo and tried for treason.

“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?” –White Rose Society, Leaflet 1

I will post a series on “Standing Up To Fascism,” as this is highly relevant to today and should remain so indefinitely.

Not only has the U.S. embraced some of Hitler’s policies, including aggressive war, endless war, an open ended ‘war on terrorism,’ and covert, illegal surveillance of its citizens, that’s all bad enough. But the unaccountable nature of those at the highest levels, and their continued consolidation of power at the top can only mean more of the same.

Films like Sophie Scholl show the heroism, the sacrifice and the ultimate tragedy of trying to thwart the runaway train of fascism. They give us hope, and yet they expose how the majority is easily co-opted to go along with the prevailing winds. It is the rare, unique, moral individual who will put their neck on the block in order to tell the truth and to puncture the bubble that is the Big Lie.

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