75 years ago in the summer of 1942, the members of the White Rose composed four leaflets. Hans and Sophie Scholl were part of it. The White Rose circulated these leaflets on the territory of the dictatorship. With their courage they made it into our collective memory. How would the Scholl siblings break the silence today? What would they try today to free the world from tyranny?
The Bavarian State Government launched the student competition "Scholl 2017 - learning from the past". On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the White Rose, the resistance of the Scholl siblings was to be translated into the present. The State Ministers Joachim Herrmann and Ludwig Spaenle were looking for young people who were ready to travel to a dictatorship of their choice to distribute pamphlets against the regime.
A bus travels through Bavaria: looking for pupils to sign up as the new Scholl siblings on Munich's most expensive shopping street.
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Lichthof of the LMU
»I think it's utterly devastating. This is not a responsible way to interact with young people!«
»Leaflets unsettle dictatorships and are still necessary today. This is what this operation is about!«
»A huge and abominable diversion from our own political problems...they send children into so-called 'dictatorships' to distribute pamphlets against the governments [...] is this a giant joke or what?«
»This isn’t fake news, unfortunately, but a scandal funded with tax money. I expect that the donors take responsibility, explain, and draw the necessary conclusions.«
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The school principal of the Sophie Scholl high school in Munich is getting queasy and banishes a faithful reenactment of the White Rose from the school. He does not want to find a new Sophie Scholl in his school yard.
Matthias wants to show solidarity for those few critical journalists still alive in Russia.
"Dissidents are brutishly executed, there are no human rights whatsoever." – Jonas about the regime in Pyongyang.
Veronika wants to go to Saudi Arabia. There is a lack of outrage in Germany about the injustice there, she says.
Remembrance vitalizes: the police busy around the clock, demonstrations for aggressive humanism march through Munich, press representatives fret, the information material for the competition is confiscated wherever it appears. Expulsion from the Sophie-Scholl-Gymnasium, workshops against Erdogan, pensioners chaining themselves and their walkers to the State Chancellery. Events against fear and appeasement, enthusiasm from the head of the White Rose Foundation. New life is breathed into the spirit of resistance.
Björn Höcke has praised the Center for Political Beauty as a »terrorist group«. Get close to the action and become an accomplice to a terrorist organization so far sadly recognized only by Höcke, Erdogan, and the Free State of Thuringia! As an accomplice you will make an invaluable contribution to inciting public unrest in the service of aggressive humanism. Nowhere else will you receive more unrest and dissent for every donated Euro.
Istanbul: The police are looking for German citizens who have called for the toppling of Erdogan on leaflets in the center of Istanbul. According to Turkish Press and the independent news agency DHA, electronic equipment has been seized in a hotel room at Gezi Park that printed and distributed more than 1,000 leaflets against the regime by remote control.
»It’s no easy feat to distribute hundreds of leaflets critical of the regime in the middle of Istanbul, more precisely at Gezi Park, Turkey's most politically charged place since the 2013 protests, without getting caught.«
»I think that German diplomacy is throwing its hands up in horror. But again, that's not CPB's problem.«
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»It started as a local farce and ended for now with a clever coup in Turkey.«
»I think German diplomacy is throwing its hands up in horror. But that, again, is not Philipp Ruch's problem.«
»Slowly, the fun stops.«
»Composed to the last level of escalation.«
»This is an inadmissible attempt at regime change.«
»The media turned up their noses at the spectacle.«
»Is beauty merely the spectacle of moral intellectual life? But this thought does not end there but with the question: do we need it anyway?«
»The Center for Political Beauty wanted to reflect on contemporary resistance in Munich with Scholl 2017 and reaped aggressive ridicule. Why does the feuilleton have such a problem with morality?«
»What's the point of all this anyway? To that I say: stride through the internet, inquire. Whether it's reasonable, I don't know. But what is reasonable? Man, at any rate, is not, as Oscar Wilde knew.«
»A lot of noise over art performance.«
»In the end, mistrust wins.«
»Troublemakers by conviction.«
»You can and you should argue about the performances of the CPB. But this argument should be constructive, one should at least make the attempt to use art - and ambivalence - to make one's own present visible.«
»And the scandals are real, after all. In these times of Merkeldom, apathy, apparent unity, and thoughtless consensus, many have once again become accustomed to pushing these scandals away, throwing what appears to be the worst insult these days at those who won't come to terms with them: morality.«
»Where does the tendency come from in this time and in this society to judge art according to rules that one does not abide by oneself, and to overlook the burning core, the actual scandal?«
»I almost dropped my gin and tonic when I saw - without any satire (or am I already totally drunk?) - the 'Center for Political Beauty' and the 'CSU' in a cooperative venture? Are you serious? Horst Seehofer, the Donald of Germany, gets involved in a sale of indulgences with you? What do you mean by that? The 'partner' in the post makes me shudder!«
»One of the most stupid campaigns by people who don't understand a thing about the political situation in Turkey. With this campaign you cater to precisely those Turkish channels that stand for a more and more authoritarian and nationalistic path.«
»At first glance, a great performance. But on the second it must be evaluated very critically. Here, teenagers and young adults are called to risk their lives, health, and freedom for an act of dubious benefit. Protesting against dictatorship by risking one's own life is very honorable, but I consider it questionable to incite young people to do so, who often do not yet fully understand and assess the consequences of such action, by offering them prizes.«
»Great. And I think the students are already very good at making that assessment.«
»As expected, the broad array of reactions in DE and Turkey legitimize your daring act 100%.«
»How about a bread baking machine in Sudan. That wouldn’t have to be remotely operable either. This is only feigned ›beauty‹.«
»Thanks! A great cause, gives me back a bit of faith in humanity!«
»Have you at least - and with good reason - been arrested?«
»I must confess that I don't support every operation, but I'm glad that your existence is possible in this country.«