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"I Choose My Own Way to Burn" postcard

Sophie Scholl, design by Elizabeth Thompson

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White Rose Collective member Sophie Scholl was executed on February 22nd, 1943 along with Christoph Probst and her brother Hans for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets. She was 21. The White Rose hoped to educate Germans against the evils of Nazism. Their work is particularly relevant during the current rise of Trump and the alt-right.

4" by  6" on matte cardstock

Text reads:

"The real damage is done by those millions who want to 'survive.' The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don't want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won't take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don't like to make waves--or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honor, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It's the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you'll keep it under control. If you don't make any noise, the bogeyman won't find you. But it's all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn."