White Rose 4
Leaflets of The White Rose
The Fourth Leaflet
There is an ancient maxim that we repeat to our children: "He who won't
listen will have to feel." But a wise child will not burn his fingers the second
time on a hot stove. In the past weeks Hitler has choked up successes in Africa
and in Russia. In consequence, optimism on the one hand and distress and
pessimism on the other have grown within the German people with a rapidity quite
inconsistent with traditional German apathy. On all sides one hears among
Hitler's opponents - the better segments of the population - exclamations of
despair, words of disappointment and discouragement, often ending with the question:
"Will Hitler now, after all...?"
Meanwhile, the German offensive against Egypt has ground to a halt. Rommel
has to bide his time in a dangerously exposed position. But the push into the
East proceeds. This apparent success has been purchased at the most horrible
expense of human life, and so it can no longer be counted an advantage. Therefore
we must warn against all optimism.
Neither Hitler nor Goebbels can have counted the dead. In Russia thousands
are lost daily. It is the time of the harvest, and the reaper cuts into the ripe
grain with wide strokes. Mourning takes up her abode in the country cottages,
and there is no one to dry the tears of the mothers. Yet Hitler feeds with
lies those people whose most precious belongings he has stolen and whom he has
driven to a meaningless death.
Every word that comes from Hitler's mouth is a lie. When he says peace, he
means war, and when he blasphemously uses the name of the Almighty, he means the
power of evil, the fallen angel, Satan. His mouth is the foul-smelling maw of
Hell, and his might is at bottom accursed. True, we must conduct a struggle
against the National Socialist terrorist state with rational means; but whoever
today still doublts the reality, the existence of demonic powers, has failed
by a wide margin to understand the metaphysical background of this war.
Behind the concrete, the visible events, behind all objective, logical
considerations, we find the irrational element: The struggle against the demon, against
the servants of the Antichrist. Everywhere and at all times demons have been
lurking in the dark, waiting for the moment when man is weak; when of his own
volition he leaves his place in the order of Creation as founded for him by God
in freedom; when he yields to the force of evil, separates himself from the
powers of a higher order; and after voluntarily taking the first step, he is
driven on to the next and the next at a furiously accelerating rate. Everywhere
and at all times of greatest trial men have appeared, prophets and saints who
cherished their freedom, who preached the One God and who His help brought the
people to a reversal of their downward course. Man is free, to be sure, but
without the true God he is defenseless against the principle of evil. He is a
like rudderless ship, at the mercy of the storm, an infant without his mother, a
cloud dissolving into thin air.
I ask you, you as a Christian wrestling for the preservation of your greatest
treasure, whether you hesitate, whether you incline toward intrigue,
calculation, or procrastination in the hope that someone else will raise his arm in
your defense? Has God not given you the strength, the will to fight? We must
attack evil where it is strongest, and it is strongest in the power of Hitler.
So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the
sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter;
and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.
Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead than the living which are
yet alive. Ecclesiastes 4
True anarchy is the generative element of religion. Out of the annihilation
of every positive element she lifts her gloriously radiant countenance as the
founder of a new world... If Europe were about to awaken again, if a state of
states, a teaching of political science were at hand! Should hierarchy then...
be the principle of the union of states? Blood will stream over Europe until
the nations become aware of the frightful madness which drives them in
circles. And then, struck by celestial music and made gentle, the approach their
former altars all together, hear about the works of peace, and hold a great
celebration of peace with fervent tears before the smoking altars. Only religion
can reawaken Europe, establish the rights of the peoples, and install
Christianity in new splendor visibly on earth in its office as guarantor of peace.
We wish expressly to point out that the White Rose is not in the pay of any
foreign power. Though we know that National Socialist power must be broken by
military means, we are trying to achieve a renewal from within of the severely
wounded German spirit. This rebirth must be preceded, however, by the clear
recognition of all the guilt with which the German people have burdened
themselves, and by an uncompromising battle against Hitler and his all too many
minions, party members, Quislings, and the like. With total brutality the chasm
that separates the better portion of the nation from everything that is opened
wide. For Hitler and his followers there is no punishment on this Earth
commensurate with their crimes. But out of love for coming generations we must make an
example after the conclusion of the war, so that no one will ever again have
the slightest urge to try a similar action. And do not forget the petty
scoundrels in this regime; note their names, so that none will go free! They should
not find it possible, having had their part in these abominable crimes, at the
last minute to rally to another flag and then act as if nothing had happened!
To set you at rest, we add that the addresses of the readers of the White
Rose are not recorded in writing. They were picked at random from directories.
We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not
leave you in peace!