White Rose and M.L.K. Jr.
Compare and Contrast
The act of passive resistance can be, if properly managed, just about as effective as war in creating change in the world.By acting in a civil manner in a sometimes uncivilized world, it can be argued that the change which takes place is much more profound then that created by war.However, for a passive restive movement to be effective, it takes more then a great leader or cause, it takes a culture that is willing to hear it.
In 1941 Juegen Wittenstein, along with Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, Inge Scholl, Christoph Probst, Kurt Huber, Alexander Schmorell, and Willi Graf formed the anti-Nazi group "White Rose".
In June of 1942, Wittenstein, along with three of his friends, was called up as a medic during "Operation Barbarossa".While on duty Wittenstein and his friends witnessed Jews being murdered by the Schutz Staffeinel (SS) in Poland and the Soviet Union.
When Wittenstein returned to Germany in October of 1942, he and "White Rose" began publishing leaflets about what he had seen while on duty.The leaflets were atfirst sent anonymously to people all over Germany.Taking addresses from telephone directories, they tended to concentrate on mailing the leaflets to university lecturers and the owners of bars.
The "White Rose" group believed that the young people of germany had the potential to overthrow Adolf Hitler and the Nazi government.In one leaflet, Fellow Fighters in the Resistance, they wrote: "The name of Germany is dishonored for all time if German youth does not finally rise, take revenge, smash it's tormentors.Students! The German people look to us."
The group also began painting anti-Nazi slogans on the sides of houses.This included "Down With Hitler", "Hitler Mass Murder", and "Freedom".They also painted crossed out swastikas.
On February 18,194…