In the tradition of celebrating The Liberty Voice‘s anniversary, this is the third time we’ve printed this revolutionary classic. Our first edition was printed on November 11, 2007 — in honor of our troops. Veterans’ Day was chosen because like us, our soldiers also pray for the end of war. The First Leaflet of the White Rose was originally printed in June 1942 by a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet campaign that called for active opposition to Adolf Hitler’s regime. The six core members of the group were arrested by the Gestapo and executed by decapitation in 1943.
Nothing is so unworthy of a civilized nation as allowing itself to be governed without opposition by an irresponsible clique that has yielded to base instinct. It is certain that today every honest German is ashamed of his government. Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes — crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure — reach the light of day? If the German people are already so corrupted and spiritually crushed that they do not raise a hand, frivolously trusting in a questionable faith in lawful order of history; if they surrender man’s highest principle, that which raises him above all other God’s creatures, his free will; if they abandon the will to take decisive action and turn the wheel of history and thus subject it to their own rational decision; if they are so devoid of all individuality, have already gone so far along the road toward turning into a spiritless and cowardly mass — then, yes, they deserve their downfall.