A Note on “Die Gedanken Sind Frei” and Modern Germany’s Disavowal of Nazism By Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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crossposted on TPJmagazine
Nov. 15, 2009

Two weeks ago my dear friend Dr. Don Ardell, otherwise known as “The Well Infidel,” published on these pages an essay on the German song “Die Gedanken Sind Frei” and the role that it played for the German intra-war anti-Nazi resistance movement known as The White Rose Society.

Don’s essay celebrates the song, the White Rose Society, and its young leadership, among whom were Sophie Scholl and her brothers, the “Geschwistern Scholl.”  I sent a comment to Don on his essay, which originally appeared in his weekly “Ardell Wellness Report.”  I am sharing a significantly expanded version of that comment with you here.  In discussing the historical significance of The White Rose Society, I noted that unlike many other countries that were combatants or otherwise participants in World War II, Modern Germany has both recognized its responsibilities for the indescribable horrors that the Nazis turned loose upon the world and completely turned its back on the political ideology that created them.  I have had several personal experiences that attest to this reality.

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