The world needs more uppity women, women who see the evil in the world and have the courage to poke the devil in the eye. James Wolcott writes often of the plight of the "ice queen" and "castrating bitches" of the world. But The Heretik says if it takes a challenging cut or two to change the world for the better, let the balls drop where they may. February 22, 1943 is the seventysecond anniversay of the death of Sophie Scholl, a lifetime away. Here let her story live a moment longer.
Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, Christoph Probst
note: Hans wears the Wehrmacht uniform.
ON FEBRUARY 22, 1943, SOPHIA MAGDALENA SCHOLL, HANS FRITZ SCHOLL, AND CHRISTOPH HERMANN PROBST FACED DOWN THE MACHINE OF DEATH IN NAZI GERMANY FOR THE LAST TIME. IN LOSING THEIR LIVES, THEY RECLAIMED A SMALL PART OF THE SOUL OF THE GERMAN PEOPLE.
Distributing The White Rose Letters in opposition to a monstrous Nazi regime in leaflet form, the Scholls and Probst challenged evil in a battle, a part of a seemingly endless war. They did not
succumb to their fears, but pressed on in a fight impossible to win in
fact, but one they knew must be won in spirit.
All of them brave, Sophie was perhaps most courageous in the face of the court, in the face of death. To the illegally constituted court that convicted her, she spoke in a strong voice words without a wavering, she spoke with a simple vision and wisdom courage alights on the brave:
SOMEBODY, AFTER ALL, HAD TO MAKE A START. WHAT WE WROTE AND SAID IS ALSO BELIEVED BY MANY OTHERS. THEY JUST DON'T DARE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES AS WE DID.
For their courage in seeing the corruption of evil that corrodes the human spirit, for fighting a battle that could not be won that day, Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, and Chrstoph Probst were murdered by the Nazis on February 22, 1943.