Although the anniversary has now passed, it is worthwhile remembering that the 22nd February was the anniversary of the execution (in 1943) of Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans and friend Christoph Probst. They were university students at Munich in the dark days of WWII, and were charged with treason after distributing leaflets which stated, among other things, "“Every word that proceeds from Hitler’s mouth is a lie. When he says peace, he means war. And when he names the name of the Almighty in a most blasphemous manner, he means the almighty evil one, that fallen angel, Satan. His mouth is the stinking maw of hell and his might is fundamentally reprobate. To be sure, one must wage the battle against National Socialism using rational means. But whoever still does not believe in the actual existence of demonic powers has not comprehended by far the metaphysical background of this war.”
Having been found guilty in the early afternoon of 22nd February, 1943, they were executed about 5.00pm.
Grave of Sophie & Hans Scholl, & Christoph Probst, Stadelheim Prison, Munich.
Sophie and her brother were devout Lutherans. According to witnesses, Sophie's last words before being beheaded were "How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause. Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?"
Lest we forget.