…More reflections on the White Rose exhibit at the Schurz Library
Hans and Sophie Scholl, students in Munich, led the White Rose group
and were executed for their resistance against Nazi Germany in 1943
“Why do the German people behave so apathetically in the face of all these
abominable crimes, crimes so unworthy of the humans race?”
-Second White Rose leaflet.
This is the same question that we struggle to answer even today. Her point
is made clear through this question, why are we letting this happen? What did
they do to deserve this? Exist?
Perhaps people are apathetic because of how Hitler brought the German people
back from the aftermath of WWI and promoted some
sort of blind patriotism, therefore they blindly trust their leader no
matter what he says. Or perhaps the German people are not as apathetic as
she thinks, but merely do not have a way to organize and rise up against
the Nazi state, or more likely they are too afraid to say anything for fear
of reprisal. All in all it is a difficult question to answer, which I
believe differs from person to person.