At a “lateral thinking” rally in downtown Hanover against the federal government’s corona measures, a speaker compared herself to Sophie Scholl, the resistance fighter against the National Socialists.
The young woman is on stage on Saturday and introduces herself as Jana from Kassel. “I feel like Sophie Scholl, because I’ve been active in the resistance for months, giving speeches, going to demos, handing out flyers and registering for meetings since yesterday,” she says and receives applause.
“I’m 22 years old, just like Sophie Scholl before she fell victim to the National Socialists,” she continues. You will never stop working for freedom, peace, love and justice.
While she is still speaking, a young man steps up to the stage and puts an orange safety vest in her hand. “I don’t make a folder for such nonsense,” he says. “What nonsense?” Asks the surprised speaker.
Other folders are added. “It’s playing down the Holocaust,” says the young man. “I didn’t say anything,” replied the speaker.
Then several police officers arrive, the young man, who no longer wants to be a steward, leaves and calls Jana from Kassel “more than embarrassing”. The young woman on stage turns around, bursts into tears, throws her speech manuscript on the floor and leaves the stage.
After the incident, Jana from Kassel later comes back on stage and gives her speech. As with the first attempt, she compares herself again with Sophie Scholl.
Sophie Scholl, a student, was involved with her brother Hans and Christoph Probst in the “White Rose” resistance group against the Nazi regime. Among other things, they distributed leaflets at their university in Munich that were supposed to rouse the citizens and prepare for the overthrow of National Socialist rule. In February 1943 the group was discovered.
The Scholl and Probst siblings were convicted of their resistance to the Nazi regime on February 22, 1943 and a few hours later were executed with the guillotine in the Munich-Stadelheim prison.
SPD MPs call comparison “unbearable”
Many Twitter users liked the fact that the speaker in Hanover compared herself to Sophie Scholl, but there was also clear criticism. Comments under the video of the incident, which quickly circulated on Twitter, described the equation as shameful. The young man, on the other hand, receives repeated encouragement. “Respect for the ex-folder who recognized the mockery of the real Holocaust victims and opposed it,” it says, for example.
The SPD member of the Bundestag and deputy group leader Katja Mast called comparisons like Jana from Kassel unbearable on Twitter.
“Some are allowed to speak freely at meetings, while others put up resistance against the terrorist state at the risk of their lives,” wrote Mast.