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    http://www.jlrweb.com/whiterose/leaftwoeng.html Leaflets of The White Rose * The Second Leaflet It is impossible to engage in intellectual discourse with
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      Leaflets of The White Rose

      The Second Leaflet

      It is impossible to engage in intellectual discourse with National Socialist
      Philosophy, for if there were such an entity, one would have to try by means
      of analysis and discussion either to prove its validity or to combat it. In
      actuality, however, we face a totally different situation. At it's very inception
      this movement depended on the deception and betrayal of one's fellow man;
      even at that time it was inwardly corrupt and could support itself only by
      constant lies. After all, Hitler states in an early edition of "his" book (a book
      written in the worst German I have ever read, in spite of the fact that it has
      been elevated to the position of the Bible in this nation of poets and
      thinkers): "It is unbelievable, to what extent one must betray a people in order to
      rule it." If at the start this cancerous growth in the nation was not
      particularly noticeable, it was only because there were still enough forces at work
      that operated for the good, so that it was kept under control. As it grew larger,
      however, and finally in an ultimate spurt of growth attained ruling power,
      the tumor broke open, as it were, and infected the whole body. The greater part
      of its former opponents went into hiding. The German intellectuals fled to
      their cellars, there, like plants struggling in the dark, away from light and
      sun, gradually to choke to death. Now the end is at hand. Now it is our task to
      find one another again, to spread information from person to person, to keep a
      steady purpose, and to allow ourselves no rest until the last man is persuaded
      of the urgent need of his struggle against this system. When thus a wave of
      unrest goes through the land, when "it is in the air," when many join the
      cause, then in a great final effort this system can be shaken off. After all, an
      end in terror is preferable to terror without end.
      We are not in a position to draw up a final judgment about the meaning of our
      history. But if this catastrophe can be used to further the public welfare,
      it will be only by virtue of the fact that we are cleansed by suffering; that
      we yearn for the light in the midst of deepest night, summon our strength, and
      finally help in shaking off the yoke which weighs on our world.

      We do not want to discuss here the question of the Jews, nor do we want in
      this leaflet to compose a defense or apology. No, only by way of example do we
      want to site the fact that since the conquest of Poland three hundred thousand
      Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way. Here we see
      the most frightful crime against human dignity, a crime that is unparalleled in
      the whole of history. For Jews, too, are human beings - no matter what
      position we take with respect to the Jewish question - and a crime of this dimension
      has been perpetrated against human beings. Someone may say that the Jews
      deserve their fate. This assertion would be a monstrous impertinence; but let us
      assume that someone said this - what position has he then taken toward the
      fact that the entire Polish aristocratic youth is being annihilated? (May God
      grant that this program has not yet fully achieved its aim as yet!) All male
      offspring of the houses of the nobility between the ages of fifteen and twenty
      were transported to concentration camps in Germany and sentenced to forced
      labor, and all the girls of this age group were sent to Norway, into the bordellos
      of the SS! Why tell you these things, since you are fully aware of them - or
      if not of these, then of other equally grave crimes committed by this
      frightful sub-humanity? Because here we touch on a problem which involves us deeply
      and forces us all to take thought. Why do German people behave so apathetically
      in the face of all these abominable crimes, crimes so unworthy of the human
      race? Hardly anyone thinks about that. It is accepted as fact and put out of
      mind. The German people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage
      these fascist criminals; they give them the opportunity to carry on their
      depredations; and of course they do so. Is this a sign that the Germans are
      brutalized in their simplest human feelings, that no chord within them cries out at
      the sight of such deeds, that they have sunk into a fatal consciencelessness
      from which they will never, never awake? It seems to be so, and will certainly be
      so, if the German does not at last start up out of his stupor, if he does not
      protest wherever and whenever he can against this clique of criminal, if he
      shows no sympathy for these hundreds of thousands of victims. He must evidence
      not only sympathy; no, much more: a sense of complicity in guilt. For through
      his apathetic behavior he gives these evil men the opportunity to act as they
      do; he tolerates this "government" which has taken upon itself such an
      infinitely great burden of guilt; indeed, he himself is to blame for the fact that it
      came about at all! Each man wants to be exonerated of a guilt of this kind,
      each one continues on his way with the most placid, the calmest conscience. But
      he cannot be exonerated; he is guilty, guilty, guilty! It is not too late,
      however, to do away with this most reprehensible of all miscarriages of
      government, so as to avoid being burdened with even greater guilt. Now, when in
      recent years our eyes have been opened, when we know exactly who our adversary is,
      it is high time to root out this brown horde. Up until the outbreak of the war
      the larger part of the German people was blinded; the Nazis did not show
      themselves in their true aspect. But now, now that we have recognized them for
      what they are, it must be the sole and first duty, the holiest duty of every
      German to destroy these beasts.

      If the people are barely aware that the government exists, they are happy.
      When the government is felt to be oppressive they are broken.
      Good fortune, alas! builds itself upon misery. Good fortune, alas! is the
      mask of misery. What will come of this? We cannot foresee the end. Order is upset
      and turns to disorder, good becomes evil. The people are confused. Is it not
      so, day in, day out, from the beginning?

      The wise man is therefore angular, though he does not injure others; he has
      sharp corners, though he does not harm; he is upright but not gruff. He is
      clearminded, but he does not try to be brilliant.


      Whoever undertakes to rule the kingdom and to shape it according to his whim
      - I foresee that he will fail to reach his goal. That is all.

      The kingdom is a living being. It cannot be constructed, in truth! He who
      tries to manipulate it will spoil it, he who tries to put it under his power will
      lose it.

      Therefore: Some creatures go out in front, others follow, some have warm
      breath, others cold, some are strong, some weak, some attain abundance, others

      The wise man will accordingly forswear excess, he will avoid arrogance and
      not overreach.


      Please make as many copies as possible of this leaflet and distribute them.

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