Thursday, September 23, 2010

"I choose my own way to burn" - Sophie Scholl

I recently saw this posted by another young woman and friend who OWN'S-IT!- Lila Rose. I myself had seen a movie about Sophie last year and was moved beyond words at this girls strength and determination. Read Below and be Inspired!

Sophie Scholl was a young student at the University of Munich during the Holocaust. She joined her brother Hans, a fellow student, and a few of their friends in the secret White Rose Society at the University. Together, they created and distributed leaflets around campus speaking the truth about Hitler, the Third Reich and their slaughter of the Jews, the disabled, the sick, and those who disagreed with them. Sophie, Hans and a friend were discovered by the Nazis and arrested. Hans attempted to take full responsibility, giving Sophie the option to deny her involvement and escape potential execution. But during the trial, Sophie valiantly chose to stand by her convictions and the truths she helped to pen in those leaflets. Ultimately, Sophie chose to lay down her life: within hours of her confession, the Nazis beheaded 20 year old Sophie by guillotine.

Sophie Scholl writes:

"The real damage is done by those millions who want to 'survive.' The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves—or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honor, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn."


Lovey said...

Really an incredible post, Therese! Thank you so much for putting things into perspective- especially during a week that has been very trying.

Anna Liesemeyer said...

WOW!! That gave me chills. Thanks for posting this!!

Liza said...

Wow, really makes you think.. what am I doing? am I living small?