Thursday, September 1, 2011

#9 of 198 Methods of Nonviolent Direct Action

Christoph Probst,(l)  Sophie Scholl,(center)  her brother Hans.(r.
Communications with a Wider Audience
#9. Leaflets, pamphlets, and books

Members of the White Rose, a German anti-Nazi student group, beheaded for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets. 
 Do these courageous young people the honor of reading these stirring words addressed to the German people in the midst of the Nazi atrocities. There are lessons for all of us today.
 From a White Rose leaflet, a German anti-Nazi student movement.
"Now the end is at hand. Now it is our task to find one another again, to spread information from person to person, to keep a steady purpose, and to allow ourselves no rest until the last man is persuaded of the urgent need of his struggle against this system. When thus a wave of unrest goes through the land, when "it is in the air", when many join the cause, then in a great final effort this system can be shaken off. After all, and end in terror is preferable to terror without end."
 and from another...
Many, perhaps most, of the readers of these leaflets do not see clearly how they can practice an effective opposition. They do not see any avenues open to them. We want to try to show them that everyone is in a position to contribute to the overthrow of this system. It is not possible through solitary withdrawal, in the manner of embittered hermits, to prepare the ground for the overturn of this "government" or bring about the revolution at the earliest possible moment. No, it can be done only by the cooperation of many convinced, energetic people - people who are agreed as to the means they must use to attain their goal."
Read all the leaflets. White Rose Anti-Nazi Leaflets

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