Monday, November 24, 2008

"The White Rose" leaflet

This is a leaflet which was circulated during World War I in Germany by an anti-socialist group called The White Rose. I have copied it out to post it here. It should be an inspiration to our young people today as our own government seeks to take away our freedoms.

Fellow Fighters in the Resistance!

Shaken and broken, our people behold the loss of the men of Stalingrad. Three hundred and thirty thousand German men have been senselessly and irresponsibly driven to death and destruction by the inspired strategy of our World War I Private First Class. Fuhrer, we thank you!

The German people are in ferment. Will we continue to entrust the fate of our armies to a dilettante? Do we want to sacrifice the rest of German youth to the base ambitions of a Party clique? No, never! The day of reckoning has come – the reckoning of German youth with the most abominable tyrant our people have ever been forced to endure. In the name of German youth we demand restitution by Adolf Hitler’s state of our personal freedom, the most precious treasure we have, out of which he has swindled us in the most miserable way.

We grew up in a state in which all free expression of opinion is unscrupulously suppressed. The Hitler Youth, the SA< the SS have tried to drug us, to revolutionize us, to regiment us in the most promising young years of our lives. “Philosophical training” is the name given to the despicable method by which our budding intellectual development is muffled in a fog of empty phrases. A system of selection of leaders at once unimaginably devilish and narrow-minded trains up its future party bigwigs in the “Castles of the Knightly Order” to become Godless, impudent, and conscienceless exploiters and executioners – blind, stupid hangers-on of the Fuhrer. We “Intellectual Workers” are the ones who should put obstacles in the path of this caste of overlords.

Soldiers at the front are regimented like schoolboys by student leaders and trainees for the post of Gauleiter, and the lewd jokes of the Gauleiters insult the honor of the women students. German women students at the university in Munich have given a dignified reply to the besmirching of their honor, and German students have defended the women in the universities and have stood firm…. That is the beginning of the struggle for our free self-determination – without which intellectual and spiritual values cannot be created. We thank the brave comrades, both men and women, who have set us brilliant examples.

For us there is but one slogan: fight against the party! Get out of the party organization, which are used to keep our mouths sealed and hold us in political bondage! Get out of the lecture rooms of the SS corporals and sergeants and the party bootlickers! We want genuine learning and real freedom of opinion. No threat can terrorize us, not even the shutting down of the institutions of higher learning. This is the struggle of each and every one of us for our future, our freedom, and our honor under a regime conscious of its moral responsibility.

Freedom and honor! For ten long years Hitler and his coadjutor have manhandled, squeezed, twisted, and debased these two splendid German words to the point of nausea, as only diletttantes can, casting the highest values of a nation before swine. They have sufficiently demonstrated in the ten years of destruction of all material and intellectual freedom, of all moral substance among the German people, what they understand by freedom and honor. The frightful bloodbath has opened they eyes of even the stupidest German – it is a slaughter which they arranged in the name of “freedom and honor of the German nation” throughout Europe, and which they daily start anew.

The name of Germany is dishonored for all time if German youth does not finally rise, take revenge, and atone, smash its tormentors, and set up a new Europe of the spirit. Students! The German people look to us. As in 1813 the people expected us to shake off the Napoleonic yoke, so in 1943 they look to us to break the National Socialist terror through the power of the spirit. Beresina and Stalingrad are burning in the East. The dead of Stalingrad implore us take action. “Up, up, my people, let smoke and flame be our sign!” Our people stand ready to rebel against the National Socialist enslavement of Europe in a fervent new breakthrough of freedom and honor.

The Form and Content of Poems

Right now, I am reading a book which my ancient literature teacher recommended called “Realms of Glory,” by Leland Ryken. The book is about how literature is to be understood in light of a Christian worldview. And while I do intend to write more on the Rushdoony book (which I still need to continue reading), I wanted to share my notes on the chapter on Poetry. The first section of the chapter is called “The Form and Content of Poems.”

The Form and Content of Poems
In the field of classical literature, poetry is often forgotten. However, it should be read and enjoyed just as much as stories. The greatest mistake in reading a poem is to read it like a story. Poems, however, are radically different from stories. The first obvious difference is that they are shorter. Poets have less time in which to describe the human experience, as all literature does to some extent. While a story gives more of a comprehensive picture of life, poetry gives more of an idea or a feeling. It can be meditative or assertive, reflective or emotive.
The basic pattern for poetry is “theme-and-variation.” The theme is the dominant idea or feeling that unifies the poem. The variation is where the poet develops the theme by different means. In Psalm 23, one of the most well-known poems ever, the poet’s theme is providence and God’s provision for his creatures. The variations are the “progression of images that picture a shepherd’s daily activities.” In the variations, it is shown “how” the shepherd provides. So the variations then are examples that support the theme.