Monday, December 5, 2016

Sophie and Hans Scholl, sometimes courage is easy, sometimes it is unbelievably hard. Boy Scout Helmuth Hubener, Heroes of the Ages.

Sophie and Hans Scholl and the White Rose Movement, German Boy Scout Helmuth Hubener, Edelweiss Pirates, US Cub Scout Ames Mayfield kicked out of his Cub Scout Pack for asking a Republican State Legislator about a racist remark she made and the Belorussian movie Come and See (1985) and its incredible young star Aleksey Kravchenko.

Sophie and Hans Scholl were college students in Bavaria in the early 1930's. When the Nazi's came to power in 1933, Sophie and Hans could have been like everybody else and gone along, but the two Lutheran kids heard a speech by German Catholic Bishop von Galen in defense of freedom of conscience. Already raised to believe in liberal ideas by their parents, these two young people were inspired to join other college students to campaign for free speech by handing out pamphlets. They formed a group called the White Rose, eventually they were arrested by the Nazi Gestapo for Treason, tried and executed. Below is a video of Sophie's interrogation. She shows grace and courage and no regrets.

The White Rose group was motivated by ethical and moral considerations. They came from various religious backgrounds. Willi Graf and Katharina Schüddekopf were devout Catholics. Alexander Schmorell was an Orthodox Christian. Traute Lafrenz adhered to the concepts of anthroposophy, while Eugen Grimminger considered himself a Buddhist. Christoph Probst was baptized a Catholic only shortly before his execution. His father Hermann was nominally a Catholic, but also a private scholar of Eastern thought and wisdom. In their diaries and letters to friends, both Scholl siblings, nominally Lutherans, wrote about their reading of Christian Scholars, including Augustine of Hippo, Etienne Gilson, whose work on Medieval philosophy they discussed amongst other philosophical works within their network of friends.

Since the conquest of Poland, 300,000 Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way ... The German people slumber on in dull, stupid sleep and encourage.... Each wants to be exonerated of guilt, each one continues on his way with the most placid, calm conscience. But he cannot be exonerated; he is guilty, guilty, guilty!
— 2nd leaflet of the White Rose.

Why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanized state system presided over by criminals and drunks? Is your spirit already so crushed by abuse that you forget it is your right - or rather, your moral duty - to eliminate this system?
— 3rd leaflet of the White Rose

Sophie and Hans Scholl were arrested here in the Atrium of Munich University by the Gestapo while handing out pamphlets.

The Courtroom in the Munich Hall of Justice where they were tried and convicted of Treason for handing out free speech pamphlets.

"Es lebe die Freiheit!"   Translated as: "Let Freedom live!"

Hans Scholl's last words before being beheaded by the Gestapo


Sophie Scholl's interrogation by the Gestapo

Sophie never took a partisan point of view only an unfaltering defense of free speech. 

Some people were listening.Hans Scholl as a member of the Hitler Youth, indoctrinated, but not swayed, he and his sister listened to Catholic Bishop von Galen who made a plea for freedom of conscience and became convinced that that was their mission in life. Heroes for the Ages.

The Blessed Clemens August Graf von Galen (16 March 1878 – 22 March 1946) was a German count, Bishop of Münster, and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. During World War II, Galen led Catholic protest against Nazi euthanasia and denounced Gestapo lawlessness and the persecution of the church. He was appointed a Cardinal by Pope Pius XII in 1946. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.

As soon as World War II was over, Hitler and Himmler said their first goal was to wipe the Catholic Church off the face of the earth, but their first execution was going to be Bishop von Galen. They hated him because they couldn't silence him and he wouldn't stop attacking them, subtly sometimes, bluntly at others, but relentlessly at all times.

The guillotine with which Sophie and her brother Hans were beheaded by the Nazi Gestapo. The usual punishment for Hitler's enemies was hanging. Nazi Judge Roland Freisler sent  100's to the gallows and Himmler's Einsatzgruppen under Adolf Eichmann needed to execute quickly and publicly to set examples, so shooting and hanging were the preferred methodology. It was also applied the July 14th Plot participants. But dissidents like the White Rose and internal German opposition like the Edelweiss Pirates and pacifists like Wandervogel were imprisoned for life or executed privately by beheading. One writer said this was done to terrorize the people for whom this penalty was set, in letters to family and friends, this would frighten would be followers.  Though dead, their voices were never silenced. Sophie and Hans converted to Catholicism while awaiting execution, taking Last Rights, HEROES FOR THE AGES.

Another Hero for the Ages, 14-year-old Helmuth Hubener 

Helmuth Hubener (January 8, 1925 - October 27, 1942) was a 14-year-old Boy Scout in Germany, when the Nazis made membership in the Hitler Youth mandatory for all boys 10-years-old and older, Hubener refused to quit the Boy Scouts or join the Hitler Youth. He also began hand typing Freedom of Speech pamphlets including copying White Rose Movement pamphlets. Helmuth was arrested and thrown into a concentration camp when he was 14-years-old. Helmuth's Mormon parents DISOWNED him, his stepfather was a leading Nazi, and His Mormon Church immediately EXCOMMUNICATED him and  his parents didn't even claim his body after he was executed/BEHEADED by the Nazi Gestapo. Given a chance to retract the pamphlets and join the Hitler Jugend, Helmuth steadfastly and unapologetically refused. Helmuth Hubener is a Hero for the ages. Helmuth Hubener was beheaded by the Gestapo on October 27, 1942 at the age of 17. Here is a photo of Helmuth, in the center, flanked by two of friends from the Boy Scouts, Rudolf "Rudi" Wobbe (left) and Karl-Heinz Schnibbe (right), right. All three boys were arrested by the Nazi GESTAPO, Helmuth Hubener was beheaded, his two friends were sentenced to 5 years at hard labor. Upon entering prison they never saw each other again. Helmuth's prison photo taken immediately before his execution in 1942.

The Announcement in German newspapers announcing Helmuth Hubener's Execution


Having been sentenced to death and the permanent deprivation of his civil rights by the People’s Court on August 11, 1942 on charges of conspiracy to commit treason and treasonously aiding and comforting the enemy, the 17 year old


of Hamburg

was executed today.

Berlin, this 27th day of October, 1942.


I saw and episode of American Greed narrated by Stacey Keach about Shawn Merriman, a Mormon Deacon and Bishop who ran a Ponzi Scheme at his Mormon Temple, targeting his fellow Mormon parishioners. A spokesman for the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City spoke about his EXCOMMUNICATION from the Mormon Faith, saying it was the ultimate penalty and his animus towards Shawn was obvious, saying that he will pay for his betrayal of his faith. 
There were church leaders who died defending and protecting members of their faith, but no one risked anything to protect Helmuth Hubener. He was condemned, alone and abandoned. His stepfather was a fanatic Nazi and Mormon. Raised in the Mormon Church, Helmuth was a good, serious boy.  Hitler and his Nazis killed millions of Jews and Gypsies, but took particular pride in murdering Rabbis. The Nazis also murdered 6000 Catholic Priests and Nuns. All killed because they stood up for their parishioners. 
The reason I am saying this is there are several videos on YouTube, which put a spin on Helmuth's death, which is not supported by the facts. Helmuth was alone, abandoned, by everyone except his two friends who were arrested with him. They received much lighter sentences, 5 years in a GESTAPO Concentration Camp/Prison. The never saw him again. All three boys were left naked to humiliate them then left in their freezing cold cells and beaten and tortured every day. Sadism by guards was expected in Nazi Germany.  I remember Sophie and Hans Scholl and White Rose Activists were defended and loved by their families and friends and welcomed into the Catholic Church after their conversion, even as they faced execution. The Catholic and Lutheran churches and families of the White Rose victims, Sophie and Hans included, asked for their children's bodies back so they could be buried near their home, among the people who loved them. They never waivered in their support.

The German Republic named a street after the 14-year-old Hero and marked the site of his execution:

The site of Helmuth Hubener's execution at age 17. The plotters who attempted to assassinate Hitler were hanged, but the White Rose Movement Participants and Boy Scout Helmuth Hubener were beheaded. They apparently earned special wrath from the Fuhrer, Heinrich Himmler and the Gestapo. The fear of this punishment was a special form of torture.

One letter written by Helmuth written immediately before his execution, survived the bombing of Hamburg, where he lived before jail and execution. His faith gave up on him, apparently, he never gave up on Jesus. 

Ich bin meinem himmlischen Vater sehr dankbar, daß heute Abend dieses qualvolle Leben zu Ende geht, ich könnte es auch nicht länger ertragen. Mein Vater im Himmel weiß, daß ich nichts Unrechtes getan habe, es tut mir nur leid, daß ich in meiner letzten Stunde noch das Gebot der Weisheit brechen mußte. Ich weiß, daß Gott lebt, und Er wird der gerechte Richter über diese Sache sein. Auf ein frohes Wiedersehen in einer besseren Welt!

Ihr Freund und Bruder im Evangelium

I am very grateful to my Heavenly Father that my miserable life will come to an end tonight — I could not bear it any longer anyway. My Father in Heaven knows that I have done nothing wrong. I am just sorry that I had to break the Word of Wisdom at my last hour. I know that God lives and He will be the Just Judge in this matter. I look forward to seeing you in a better world!

Your friend and brother in the Gospel,

The Hamburg Germany  Board of Education has a photo/poster of Boy Scout and Hero Helmuth Hubener in their HQ. 

Sophie and Hans Scholl's graves and tombstones, in their ancestral home of Bavaria.  Catholic Archbishop von Galen presided over their funeral. No one knows where Helmuth Hubener was buried. As a means of redemption, why doesn't the Mormon Church try to find his grave and give him the hero's burial that he deserves?  

DISOWNED BY HIS MORMON PARENTS, EXCOMMUNICATED BY  HIS MORMON CHURCH, HIS BODY THROWN INTO A MASS GRAVE BECAUSE HIS FAMILY NEVER CLAIMED IT, Helmuth, you will never be alone, because there is a place for you, Sophie and Hans Scholl, in my heart as long as I live. 

Shawn Merriman started like many criminals: he made money for his customers as an investment adviser, then hard times hit and he chose the wrong road to save his business. But it is worse than that, new customers and their funds generated income to pay  off old customers, family, friends and fellow Mormons. And then he started spending other people's money on himself and his immediate family on luxuries.  He was in over his head and needed to feed the ravenous beast, GREED. For years, Shawn had been a good man to his family, friends and fellow parishioners, He first became a Deacon then  a Bishop in the Mormon Church, then he got himself in trouble when temptation became too strong and he gave into greed and couldn't get himself out. While his church may have written him off, what he did was horrifically wrong, betraying people who knew and trusted him, I hope his family is able to forgive him. 

Helmuth Hubener followed his conscience, when few others did. Sophie and Hans Scholl and the White Rose Group made the same, right choice, all heroes through time. What the Mormon Church should have done, either defended Helmuth or said nothing. Nazis kept excellent records, recording over 4,000 Catholic Priests/Friars and 2000 Nuns killed, most in Poland and the East. But 100's also killed in France and Germany. In  Dachau alone, 1,773 Polish priests were imprisoned, of whom 868 were killed. The Nazis actually had Catholic Priest barracks at their Death Camps. These priests were photographed at Dachau after the Nazi surrender.

I remember seeing this photo in a book I was reading in about 1968, when I was about 11-years-old, called "The Yellow Star".  Two photos have been burned into my memory since then . This boy smuggled food into the starving 100,000's of Jewish inhabitants of the Warsaw Ghetto. I learned much later these stills were from a Nazi newsreel about the Warsaw Ghetto.  He got caught by a German Soldier. He was 2 minutes from having his brains blown out, summary execution the Nazi price for feeding the starving, a hero for the ages known only to God.  

Wandervogel and Edelweiss Pirates, the hippies of the 20's and 30's, in Nazi Germany.

These young Wandervogel boys, the pacifist hippies of the Weimar Republic, with long hair, stood out in 1920's Germany before the rise of Adolf Hitler. They left people alone and people left them alone too.

There were other boys and girls, mostly pacifists who loved nature, who refused to join the Nazi Hitler Youth. They tried to maintain low profiles, but were in a thorn in the Nazi movement, eventually earning the wrath of Heinrich Himmler, himself. They were called the Edelweiss Pirates.  

These adolescents, aged between 12 and 17, hang around late in the evening with musical instruments and young females. Since this riff raff is in large part outside the Hitler Youth and adopts a hostile attitude towards the organization, they represent a danger to other young people.
—Nazi Party Report, Dusseldorf, Germany, July 1943

This back to nature movement dates back to the turn of the 20th Century in Germany and a group called Wandervogel, young kids who camped and sang. The militarism of the Nazi Jugend was everything they were against.  They were believed to be responsible for anti-Nazi Graffiti and Free Speech Pamphlets which showed up in people's mailboxes, much like the White Rose Movement of Sophie and Hans Scholl and the ones Helmuth Hubener hand typed. Himmler ordered the Gestapo to beat and torture these boys and girls when caught, later he wanted their hair shaved to mark them as dissident teenagers. Later he decided to get tough with them.

While the Nazi policy of capturing Edelweiss Pirates sending them to “re-education camps," where beatings and torture were standing policy, may have proved individually discouraging, Himmler felt the need to broadcast the Reich’s distaste for free thinkers and implement a general, PUBLIC, policy aimed at these malcontents. In October 1944, Himmler captured 13 agitators/dissidents, including seven Edelweiss Pirates, and marched them to the gallows in the middle of Cologne, Germany. All of these prisoners were hung in full view of the public.

Downtown Berlin, Germany January 1930, 1,000,000 Liberals, Socialists, Catholics and Union Members protesting Royalist/Conservative Chancellor von Papen including Nazis Adolf Hitler and Herman Goering in his coalition cabinet. Hitler ordered Interior Minister Goering to prosecute peaceful protesters for TREASON.

Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoller

"I find myself wondering about that too. I wonder about it as much as I regret it. Still, it is true that Hitler betrayed me. I had an audience with him, as a representative of the Protestant Church, shortly before he became Chancellor, in 1932. Hitler promised me on his word of honor, to protect the Church, and not to issue any anti-Church laws. He also agreed not to allow pogroms against the Jews, assuring me as follows: "There will be restrictions against the Jews, but there will be no ghettos, no pogroms, in Germany."
I really believed, given the widespread anti-Semitism in Germany, at that time—that Jews should avoid aspiring to Government positions or seats in the Reichstag. There were many Jews, especially among the Zionists, who took a similar stand. Hitler's assurance satisfied me at the time. On the other hand, I hated the growing atheistic movement, which was fostered and promoted by the Social Democrats and the Communists. Their hostility toward the Church made me pin my hopes on Hitler for a while.
I am paying for that mistake now; and not me alone, but thousands of other persons like me." 

"We preferred to keep silent. We are certainly not without guilt/fault, and I ask myself again and again, what would have happened, if in the year 1933 or 1934—there must have been a possibility—14,000 Protestant pastors and all Protestant communities in Germany had defended the truth until their deaths? If we had said back then, it is not right when Hermann Göring simply puts 100,000 Communists in the concentration camps, in order to let them die. I can imagine that perhaps 30,000 to 40,000 Protestant Christians would have had their heads cut off, but I can also imagine that we would have rescued 30,000,000–40,000,000 people, because that is what it is costing us now."

Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoller

Pastor Niemoller is most famous for his poem, First They Came. Niemoller wrote different versions, including citing the Mentally Ill, Gays, Mentally Retarded, Invalids, Jehovah's Witnesses and Gypsies as victims, saying that each version was truthful and directed with the most powerful message and relevance that he could convey.

First They Came

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for the Catholics
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Catholic

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me 

Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoller, who was imprisoned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps from 1938 to 1945 by Hitler and his Nazis. The original version was given in a speech in 1946, describing the horror of the Nazis and how they could have been stopped had anyone had the courage to stand up to them.
Right-Wing Republicans say the Nazis were Socialists. Well, not quite. Adolf Hitler was a German War Hero, earning the Iron Cross First Class, Germany's Highest Military Honor for bravery under fire. After WWI, Hitler continued to work for the RIGHT-WING German Army in Military Intelligence. Hitler would infiltrate liberal and leftist groups, then testify against their members in treason trials run by the German Military. Summary Execution was always the result in these "trials".  Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht are the most famous examples, but 1000's of others were victims of these persecutions. 
Hitler infiltrated the Nazis, a small group of over 100 racist fanatics. They had no leader and Hitler found history beckoned. He assumed control over the group. He eventually brought 
in Germany's richest man to his cause, right-wing Billionaire Baron Krupp, the owner of Krupp Werks, the world's largest munitions manufacturer by promising he would destroy unions. When Hitler assumed power as Chancellor in 1933, it was pressure from Baron Krupp on President Hindenburg which got him the job. Hitler's first act was to declare May 1st a holiday, Labor Day, for workers, then, the next day, he sent Goring's GESTAPO to murder and arrest union leaders, followed by an official decree making unions and strikes illegal. 
But everyone should have seen it coming. As a member of Chancellor von Papen's 1930 coalition cabinet, Hitler's adjutant, Interior Minister Goring, began arresting gays as status offenders, they didn't have to commit a crime to be arrested, then throwing them in concentration camps, built especially for the purpose of housing dissidents. When no one protested, the Nazis began summary executions of these "offenders". 
To show the importance of right-wing billionaire Baron Krupp to the Nazi cause, while everyone else had to come to Hitler in his Berlin Chancellery or Berchtesgaden, his home in the Alps, Hitler would travel to Essen in Northern Germany to honor Baron Krupp on occasion of his birthday and for other meetings. 


German boys and Hitler Jugend would hunt Jewish, Gypsy and Gay boys on the streets of Germany and the occupied territories. If they came upon one, they would strip them naked to humiliate them and then beat them to death, usually in front of laughing German Police or Wehrmacht Soldiers. Goring, at the time was head of the GESTAPO, saying we will use persecution of gays to see how much we can get away with, since no one cares about them. No one protested their arrest, no one protested when they were sent to Nazi concentration camps and finally no one protested when they were exterminated. The Holocaust and Wannsee Conference were the logical next step. 

Every child in Germany was expected to stand up for German Family Values by persecuting those who did not follow their values. 

A gay boy from Berlin who disappeared in 1932, thanks to Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and Herman Goring. Hitler, Goering and Himmler used gays at a test balloon to see what they could get away with. No one protested when the Gestapo, created by Goering in 1930 and commanded by Himmler, started arresting gays in 1930. Goering and Himmler created Concentration Camps for their political opponents and gays. They would use gays as canaries in the coal mine. No one protested their arrest, no one protested their torture and finally no one protested their extermination. When allied armies captured Nazi Death camps, everyone was let out except the insane and gays.

Everyone knows of the persecution of Alan Turing, the gay mathematical genius, who led the Bletchley Park Intelligence Operation which broke the Nazi Enigma Machine.  After the war he was persecuted for being gay, finally being driven to suicide. Never has a greater debt been owed and been paid so poorly. 

General Bernard Montgomery led the effort against Civil Rights for Gays
"This sort of thing may be tolerated by the French, but we're British - thank God."
So decreed Field Marshal Montgomery as he urged the House of Lords not to legalize gay sex starting in 1962 when it was first proposed and warned that the 1967 homosexuality bill would be a "charter for buggery". Buggery is a British term for anal sex.

But there may be more to the story than one might suspect. General Montgomery's wife commented on an odd friendship that he formed with a Swiss boy, Lucien Trueb, who he would take camping, just the two of them, She couldn't fathom the reason for it. We will never know the relationship between these two, Lucien Trueb has refused to speak of it since the Field Marshal's death. But one is led to think that Shakespeare may have been right, "Me thinkst thou dost protest too much." 

Bobby Kennedy once said, "If one is not free, then none are free!" Persecution and silencing opponents are the tools of dictators and the first sign of a dying Republic and the Death of Freedom.

Freedom is something shared by everyone or it is shared by no one.

Another Hero for the Ages, Ames Mayfield

11-year-old Cub Scout and hero Ames Mayfield with WTBS host Ames Mayfield and with his mom.

A Colorado Trumpeteer Republican Scoutmaster kicked 11-year-old Cub Scout Ames Mayfield out of his den for asking Colorado Republican State Senator Vicki Marble why she said the reason Medicaid cost so much is that Black People eat too much Fried Chicken. Then he asked Senator Marble why she rammed a law through the legislature allowing physically abusive husbands who had beaten up their wives to get gun permits. 
August Landemesser was engaged to marry Irma Eckler, who was Jewish, but the marriage was made invalid by the Nazi Nuremberg Law. They eventually had two children, the 2nd daughter born in a Nazi Concentration Camp, neither of whom survived WWII.  After WWII, in 1950, Germany legalized their marriage.. He refused to divorce her after Hitler came to power in January 1933. Irma was arrested and sentenced to a concentration camp, eventually she was executed by the Nazis. Here August is shown at A figure identified as August Landmesser by Irene Eckler is visible in a photograph taken on 13 June 1936, which was published on 22 March 1991 in Die Zeit. It shows a large gathering of workers at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg for the launching of the navy training ship Horst Wessel. Almost everyone in the image has raised their arm in the Nazi salute, with the most obvious exception of a man toward the back of the crowd, who grimly stands with his arms crossed over his chest. Wikipedia

Landmesser was drafted into the Wehrmacht and served on the Eastern front fighting Russian soldiers. He was killed October 17, 1944 in the line of duty.


World War One was portrayed as the great war. It wasn't, 20,000,000 soldiers and civilians were killed. Poison gas, fired by Mortars and Howitzers looked beautiful on their way to the enemy trenches. Towards the end of the war, both sides would cut corners to fill the trenches, this 14-year-old English boy was burned to death by an incendiary mortar. An English military doctor certified these "Men" as 17-years-old and fit for duty. Obviously, they are closer to 12 and 13-years-old in age. They would be shipped to the front lines, where they would be slaughtered, suffering 80% fatalities.

Adolf Hitler was a War Hero in WWI winning the Iron Cross for Bravery under fire.  When the war ended, he continued to work for the Prussian controlled German Army as a SPY. Hitler was sent to infiltrate liberal, socialists and leftist groups and report back to prosecutors so they could try members of these groups for Treason.

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Hitler with his buddies from the German Trenches. Soldiers were safer in the trenches than in no man's land. Hitler volunteered to become a courier between the trenches and Army HQ. Hitler was gassed and nearly killed several times. He spent months in the hospital, begging doctors to release him so he could get back to the front.
About a month from the end of WWI, September 28, 1918, Adolf Hitler was carrying a message to HQ when he was confronted by a British Private, Henry Tandey, serving near the French village of Marcoing. Tandey had Hitler in his gun sight.

As Tandey tells the story, during the final moments of that Battle of Marcoing France, German troops were in retreat, a wounded German soldier entered Tandey’s line of fire. “I took aim but couldn’t shoot a wounded man,” Tandey remembered, “so I let him go.” The German soldier nodded in thanks, and disappeared.
Adolf Hitler was in the areas on that day in 1918, an intriguing link emerged to suggest that he was in fact the soldier Tandey spared. A photograph that appeared in London newspapers of Tandey carrying a wounded soldier at Ypres in 1914 was later portrayed on canvas in a painting by the Italian artist Fortunino Matania glorifying the Allied war effort. As the story goes, when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain traveled to Germany in 1938 to engage Hitler in a last-ditch effort to avoid another war in Europe, he was taken by the Führer to his new country retreat in Bavaria. There, Hitler showed Chamberlain his copy of the Matania painting, commenting, “That’s the man who nearly shot me.”

Here is Adolf Hitler in 1922, with the Chief of Staff for the German Army Prussian General Ludendorff. Hitler was spying for military intelligence on leftist groups. In 10 years he would become Chancellor of Germany, thanks to Right-Wing Billionaire Baron Krupp who manufactured weapons and armaments. Hitler made him many times richer.
Ludendorff commanded the Spring German Offensive in which over a 1,000,000 attacked the allies all along the Somme River. It was called two other names, the Kaiserschlat, The German Kaiser's Offensive, or The Ludendorff Offensive. It began March 21, 1918 and lasted until July 18, 1918. Initially, the Germans inflicted huge losses on the French, British and American troops, the British alone had 7,000 dead and 20,000 wounded within a couple of hours and 10,000 more captured, allowing the Germans to capture huge amounts of Allied territory.
But three things guaranteed failure for the Germans, Allied Commander French Field Marshal Foche brilliantly rallied and counterattacked, driving the German back to their original entrenchments by July, Germany suffered 688,341 killed and wounded and Ludendorff used every reserve that he had. And that is even before the American massive 2nd wave of reinforcements arrived. Though the war would continue until November 11th 1918, it was in every practical sense over.

November 11, 1918, the Armistice is signed at Compiegne France.

World War One was fought almost entirely in France, costing the French 1,400,000 dead soldiers and 300,000 dead civilians, the French lost a generation of men and the post war birth rate plummeted. There were simply too few men for women to marry. France suffered the equivalent of $50 Billion Dollars in Damage. Here the Germans, having defeated the French by violating the neutrality of Belgium and the Netherlands for a 2nd Time, demanded the same Train Car that General Foche signed World War One the Armistice with the Germans be brought back to Compiegne so Hitler could sign the surrender at exactly the same place in the same train car as November 11, 1918.

Now, having lost the Spring Offensive to Marshal Foche, Ludendorff started blaming defeat not on the army, but on Civilians in Germany. His favorite targets Unions, Leftists and Jews. Adolf Hitler had gotten to know Ludendorff during the War and became one of the few soldiers who continued to work for the army after the Armistice. Hitler came to agree with Ludendorff, in direct defiance of the facts, Germany lost because of Liberals and Leftists, not on the Battlefield. He would never forget. Hitler determined to make them pay for their "treachery"

Hitler stumbled upon the Nazi Party in one of his investigations. It had fanatic members and no leader. Hitler saw his roundez-vous with history, infiltrated the membership and took over.


Rosa Luxemburg was a radical and persuasive speaker who was gaining in popularity within Germany after the end of World War One, Hitler and his ex-military militia, the Freikorps weren't going to allow that, The Freikorps executed Rosa Luxemburg on January 15, 1919.

Hitler took over the party and made it a purely Pro-German Aryan Nationalist Party. It was funded by Conservative Billionaire Baron Krupp, who supported its right-wing military policies.

Everyone who wanted to see Hitler had to come to Berlin or Berchtesgaden to see Hitler. Hitler never went to see anyone, with one exception: the man most responsible for his place in history. Hitler flew to Essen Germany to congratulate Baron Krupp on his 70th Birthday on August 7, 1940. Hitler and Krupp had changed the Nazi Party into the Aryan, Pro-Business, Nationalist, Militarist CONSERVATIVE Party.

In the 1930, Krupp's financial help allowed the Nazis to gain 33% of the seats in the Reichstag, losing only to the REAL Socialist Party, the Social Democrats.

Baron Krupp used his money and influence to force ROYALIST/CONSERVATIVE Chancellor von Papen to include Adolf Hitler and his Nazis in his cabinet. Von Papen needed the Nazis. His coalitions was a hodge-podge of Royalists, Conservatives, Nationalists and Religious Parties but they were nowhere near a majority of 50% + 1 Reichstag votes, which is what Hitler gave him. 1,000,000 Berliners came out to protest against Hitler's inclusion in the cabinet. Von Papen gave Hitler protégé Herman Goering the Interior Security/Police Ministry. Goering's first act was to create the GESTAPO. Goering and Hitler then declared protests acts of treason and began prosecuting demonstrators. There were no more large protests in Germany.

Hitler and Goering used the Reichstag Fire, set by Dutchman von Lubbe to kick the Communists and other leftists groups out of the Parliament as enemies of the state. Even at the time, Goering was suspected of using the mentally ill young man as a front for a Nazi act of terrorism, one which, allowed Hitler to become Fuhrer.

Hitler's planning worked perfectly, kicking out liberals and leftist from the Reichstag allowed the Nazis to become the largest party in the Reichstag, replacing the Social Democrats, the Socialist Party.

Baron Krupp pressured German President Field Marshal Hindenburg to fire von Papen as ineffective and appoint Hitler Chancellor to see if he could form a government. He did and his first actions show how truly CONSERVATIVE HE WAS.

Hitler ordered the German Army demonstrate military grade weapons in public parks to the public, targeting boys 10-years-old and older after he became German Chancellor January 30, 1933. These boys, 10-years-old and up, were trained to shoot military grade machine guns, manufactured by Baron Krupp's Krupp Works Armament Factory. "Pro-Life," Pro-NRA Republicans claim that the Nazis immediately implemented gun control when they came to power. That is a lie. Every German boy was made to join the Nazi Hitler Jugend/Youth at age 10-years-old. He was given a vicious Nazi hunting knife. When he was 14-years-old he was given a gun. It is estimated that German had 80,000,000 guns in German civilian hands by September 1, 1939, the beginning of World War II, more than any other country on earth.  There were approximately 60,000,000 Germans in 1930.

The Nazis took Concentration Camp Prisoners, dressed them in Polish Army uniforms, shot and killed them then planted their bodies around a radio station at Gleiwitz Germany faking a Polish attack on Germany and used it as an excuse to start World War II. 

German Soldiers tearing down the border gate and checkpoint on September 1, 1939 on the Polish/German Border after the FAKE Gleiwitz Radio Station Attack.

Hitler and a team of German Military Investigators at Gleiwitz looking into the "attack". 

Next, Hitler made Labor Day a holiday, the very next day Goering sent the Gestapo to murder powerful union leaders, arrest the rest, then made unions and strikes ILLEGAL. Something in Republican Conservatives in the US would love to do too.

Baron Krupp immediately cut wages and profited from MASSIVE INCREASES in the German War Ministry Budget.  

Fictional movies about real events don't really interest me. There are a few exceptions. The Belorussian movie Come and See (1985) impressed me as much as any movie as I have ever seen. It tells the story of the Nazi Invasion of Belorussia/Belorus, a constituent USSR "republic," which borders Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine. It is the story of one boy's fight to survive wanton Nazi persecution. IT IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY. This boy, Aleksey Kravchenko, deserves an Oscar for his brilliant, heartbreaking performance. It was produced during the waning days of the Soviet Union and got lost in the shuffle of international politics. It didn't really achieve notice until the 2010's. If you can handle it, it certainly is worth watching. I ran across Aleksey with the Director and was struck with his smile. After such a heartbreaking performance, it really meant something to see this boy smiling.  The movie is available from the wonderful Internet resource

I learn from that the film's title, seemingly so straightforward, has a bleak context. It comes from the Book of Revelation: “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, ‘Come and see.' And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” Roger Ebert, who also gave the film four out of four star's said that you can't make an effective anti-war film because war by its nature is exciting, and the end of the film belongs to the survivors. No one would ever make the mistake of saying that about Elem Klimov's "Come and See." This 1985 film from Russia is one of the most devastating films ever about anything, and in it, the survivors must envy the dead...

"Another village was burned: the adults were all herded into a barn, but the children were left behind. And later, the drunk men surrounded them with sheepdogs and let the dogs tear the children to pieces.
And then I thought: the world doesn't know about Khatyn! They know about Katyn, about the massacre of the Polish officers there. But they don't know about Belorussia. Even though more than 600 villages were burned there!And I decided to make a film about this tragedy. I perfectly understood that the film would end up a harsh one. I decided that the central role of the village lad Flyora would not be played by a professional actor, who upon immersion into a difficult role could have protected himself psychologically with his accumulated acting experience, technique and skill. I wanted to find a simple boy fourteen years of age. We had to prepare him for the most difficult experiences, then capture them on film. And at the same time, we had to protect him from the stresses so that he wasn't left in the loony bin after filming was over, but was returned to his mother alive and healthy. Fortunately, with Aleksei Kravchenko, who played Flyora and who later became a good actor, everything went smoothly.
I understood that this would be a very brutal film and that it was unlikely that people would be able to watch it. I told this to my screenplay coauthor, the writer Ales Adamovich. But he replied: "Let them not watch it, then. This is something we must leave after us. As evidence of war, and as a plea for peace."
— Elem Klimov, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ales Adamovich, who fought with the Belarusian partisans as a teenager. It was his experiences which inspired this horrific story.

Aleksei Kravchenko's face shows more meaning and depth than pages of dialogues could. A non-actor, Aleksei, was the right boy for the right role and he has helped make a timeless movie everyone, brave enough to handle it, should see. 

Yul Brynner 

Shortly before he died, Oscar Winning Actor Yul Brynner made commercials against smoking, because he was dying of lung cancer. He also made a commercial about Gypsies. Though he was mostly Russian, his family was originally from Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast of Russia, he made another commercial about prejudice against Gypsies, because he had gypsy blood from his mom's side of the family. In the commercial Yul spoke about the fact that there were 1,000,000 gypsies in Europe before WWII. The UN conducted a census after the end of the war, the UN found 6,000,000 Jews had been murdered by the Nazis, but about 3,000,000 survived. But the UN Census couldn't find a single gypsy, not one, in their census. The UN estimated, maybe between 400 to 2,000 children may have been given to Catholic families and hidden, like some Jewish children were, at great peril, but after 6 years of war and the calamity it brought, a baby up to five-years-old would no longer have any memory of their gypsy heritage. Roma, the official name of the gypsies, were wiped out from continental Europe.


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mike said...

Sophie was beheaded, she was brought to the USA where she finished High School stop with false story's and lies

mike said...

So many lies about WW2 it's like the word nazi Z is for zionist not socialist na is for North ameican and i institution

Brian Keith O'Hara said...

In case you've forgotten, the Nazis were evil and Hans and Sophie Scholl and Helmuth Hubener were heroes. Someone most have deleted the definition of evil from your online dictionary.