Oh hello there, welcome to my new home in Munich at the Justizpalast (AKA District Court I for those seeking it on a map) 👋. Except I probably wouldn’t want to actually live there given that it’s the courthouse and has a dark history. I’ll tell you about one piece of history that I’ve learned here: The White Rose resistance group was comprised of non-violent intellectuals during the Third Reich. Led by students and one of their professors at the University of Munich, the group conducted anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign calling for the opposition of the Nazi Party. Unfortunately, they were eventually caught and sentenced here in this very Justizpalast building to imprisonment and yes, death.
Learning more about the White Rose group, I realised that they were even younger than I am when they were out in their community, working hard through seemingly unimaginable times to make a difference. One of the White Rose survivors, Jürgen Wittenstein, spoke on what it was like as Germans living in Germany at this time, “The government—or rather, the party—controlled everything: the news media, arms, police, the armed forces, the judiciary system, communications, travel, all levels of education from kindergarten to universities, all cultural and religious institutions. Political indoctrination started at a very early age, and continued by means of the Hitler Youth with the ultimate goal of complete mind control. Children were exhorted in school to denounce even their own parents for derogatory remarks about Hitler or Nazi ideology.” I think it’s exceptionally important right now, in our current state of the world, to remember that this is exactly what happened seventy six years ago. We can’t forget it. 💛 #KellyinMunich 🇩🇪