February 22, 2011

In loving memory of Sophie and Hans Scholl

Members of resistance group "White Rose": Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl und Christoph Probst (from left to right), photo of 1942

Today we remember and honor

Sophie Scholl (9 May 1921 – 22 February 1943) and her brother

Hans Scholl (22 September 1918 – 22 February 1943).

They gave their young lives today, 68 years ago, for their beliefs but never doubted their resistance against the Nazi regime.

Sophie was a German student, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. She was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich with her brother Hans and other members of the restistance.

February 18, 1943, was the day Hans' and Sophie's luck ran out. They were caught leaving pamphlets at the University of Munich and were arrested. A search disclosed evidence of their friend and "White Rose" member Christoph Probst's participation, and he too was soon arrested. The three of them were indicted for treason.

On February 22, four days after their arrest, their trial began.

Sophie Scholl shocked everyone in the courtroom when she remarked to the judge: “Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare to express themselves as we did.” Later in the proceedings, she said to him: “You know the war is lost. Why don't you have the courage to face it?”

To the Scholl family loyalty meant obeying the dictates of the heart. ”What I want for you is to live in uprightness and freedom of spirit, no matter how difficult that proves to be,” their father once told the family.

I'm almost sure he doubted his own words on this very day...

"Nothing is so unworthy of a civilized nation as allowing itself to be governed without opposition by an irresponsible clique that has yielded to base instinct.
It is certain that today every honest German is ashamed of his government.
Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes - crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure - reach the light of day?"

The White Rose - Leaflet I 1942

”How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause,” Sophie said. ”Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go,” she continued, ”but what does my death matter, if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”

Sophie Scholl, February 22 1943, right before her execution.

”Long live freedom!” Hans Scholl’s last words shouted from the guillotine.

Thank you Sophie, Hans, Christoph and all other members of "Die Weisse Rose" (The White Rose) resistance group. You are my heros and you really DID make a change in this world!!!

I pray I never have to, but I pray that if I have to, I will be as brave as you were...

Trailer of "Sophie Scholl - The final days", a very touching movie about Sophie's time in prison and court.

February 21, 2011

Happy birthday dear Blanket!

The "It's All For L.O.V.E" blog team would like to wish

Prince Michael Jackson II a.k.a. Blanket

a very happy 9th birthday today!!!

You have been through a very hard time and had to go through more than a child of your age should ever face but we do hope that by the love and support of your family and loved ones, and by the love you get from all over the world, there is a happy and lovely year ahead for you!!!

May you be blessed and rewarded today and for the rest of your life!

We're sending out a major L.O.V.E!

February 6, 2011

Who's Loving You?

While people still try to explain his success and take him down on account of CD sales figures, if you ask anybody, any of his fans, people on the street they will always talk about how Michael Jackson, his music, his work made them feel.

"Whatever I sing, that's what I really mean. Like, I'm singing a song, I don't sing it if I don't mean it"
Michael Jackson

"Who's Loving You?" written in 1960 by Smokey Robinson, recorded for the first time by The Miracles the same year has been covered by many others. The Temptations, The Supremes, Terence Trent-D'arby and En Vogue recorded their own versions.

But the most famous of all was recorded in 1969 and the lead vocals are 10 year old's Michael Jackson. Though a B-Side for "I Want You Back" single, the song stands today as an iconic performance for The Jackson 5 and Michael.

"I could not believe that someone that young could have that much knowing (of depth of soul) when he sung my song, "Whose Loving You?" I immediately asked to see his birth certificate!"
Smokey Robinson

It is the honesty with which he approach every song. Michael's work offered to me the feeling that he cared. As I said before he made me feel part of it.

"I know his music touched me. And that's all I know"
Siedah Garrett

I don't have a favorite song. Or a favorite performance. Though at times when asked I might give an answer other then "all of them", depending on what I'm going through at the time.

"Who's Loving You?" is just one example of Michael's talent. This live performance below (from 1972) offers a more then convincing explanation as to why the public reacted so strongly to him.

"When Michael Jackson sings it is with the voice of angels, and when his feet move, you can see God dancing."
Bob Geldof