So sad….

Sophie Scholl

Sophie Scholl

Today I was going to write about me, again. It was to be a, hopefully, amusing piece in which a humorous link would be forged between a Luftwaffe bombing raid over London in 1944 and my birth in a London hospital as the bombs fell. I had looked at it this morning, and dumped it in the trash. In February, a year earlier, a young German student called Sophie Scholl was guillotined by the Nazis for non violent protest at their regime. I know this because I saw it this morning in that collection of trivia that we call Twitter, and it moved me.

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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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44 Responses to So sad….

  1. I never know what to expect from you Roger. Today your post and photo moved me too – a child, that’s all she was.
    Am guessing maybe it’s your birthday..if it is…I hope it’s a happy day as it progresses.

  2. Andy Szpuk says:

    A good judgement on your part Roger. As we learn more about how brutal the Nazis really were, it becomes more difficult to dig any humour out from the years of WW2.

  3. Dick Polak says:

    It moved me too and good you showed it.

  4. This story reminds me of the school girl Malala who was shot by the Taliban – different centuries but similarities all the same

  5. Frightening to realize some more of the horrors committed by the Nazis. Such perfectly innocent victims taken at will by those monstrous bullies. Poor, sweet child: what a crime that she fell into their murderous hands.

  6. For all the “mourning” of celebrities these days it is good to be reminded of true courage and sacrifice that is around us and in history. What an incredible young lady. Thank you for posting.

  7. It would be nice to think that humans have stopped killing innocents simply because of their political beliefs. Has it never occurred to anybody that political killings have absolutely no long term effect?

  8. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days is an excellent film, Roger, if you have the means to stream it. I saw it several years ago, and I have never forgotten it.

  9. Our lives lead us we know not where, Roger; just occasionally they lead us into the darkedt of places. Easy in the midst of all this affluent peace to forget the atrocities inflicted on good people. A true hallmark of evil.

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    Bravery and barbarity.
    We’re such a double-edge lot.

  11. Eha says:

    Thank you for reminding us . . . was a tiny tot at the time . . . did not understand what I so oft had to see, but the fear and horror engendered by so many episodes when parents tried to cover your ears and eyes is still deeply ingrained when I allow my childish memories to surface . . . .

  12. angela says:

    your post is rather somber serendipity, blogged about this film a few days ago..if you’ve not seen, you must – haunting ~

  13. Tandy says:

    All of the deaths are a tragic waste of life!

  14. Her expression just breaks my heart.. so much joy, hope for the future.. how desperately sad…

  15. Terrible and moving story! We really need to refresh our memory and saying “Never again”…

  16. John Harvey says:

    well said Roger. The courage of “ordinary” Germans who opposed the nazis continues to amaze, move and humble me.

  17. This puts all our lives into perspective. Yes, so sad, but I hope that if it’s your birthday you manage to celebrate too.

  18. Very sad indeed – I’m interested to see the film that was mentioned in another comment. Happy Birthday 🙂

  19. ambrosiana says:

    So sad Roger..indeed..Let us never forget history, especially what happened at that time.

  20. Rachel says:

    Watched Schindler’s List again last night… and again am astonished and beyond appalled. Thank you for this short post.

  21. Karen says:

    The tragic and cruel events of war should never be forgotten. We need to cherish the freedom we all share through the actions of so many brave people both young and old.

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