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Gauntlet

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#1 12 years ago

This picture shows a young German soldier walking to his own death. A death by execution conducted by his own brothers in arms.

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It's a real touching story, and it shows what I belive is one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War.

I just read this in a weekend magazine of a Norwegian newspapers. Its about a young soldier named Joseph Schultz. I will try to translate as good as I can.

Jospeh Schultz was a German soldier on the Eastern Front. On the 20th of July 1941, he along with seven of his brothers in arms were sent out on what they thought to be a routine mission. After a short march they soon understood that they were on a quite different mission than what they were used to: Ahead of them, they saw fourteen captured local civilians who were blindfolded , positioned up against a wall. The 8 soldiers in Schultz platoon were halted 10-15 meters away, and an NCO ordered them to execute every one of the civilian. Seven of the soldiers took aim, and in the silence that followed you could only hear the sound of a rifle beeing dropped. Jospeh Schultz disobeyed a direct order, dropped his rifle and walked slowly towards the 14 civilians which only heard cautious footsteps in the grass infront of them. The young Schultz positioned himself together with the soon-to-be executed civilians, and choosed death instead of killing hopeless civilians. A few seconds later 14 civilians and 1 German soldier laid dead in the grass. He was executed by his own brothers in arms by order of the NCO.

This action shows that its actually possible to do evil things. Its possible to be a free-thinking morally human-being no matter what is happening around you. But, no other of his 7 brothers in arms followed his example. It was no revolt. No large-scale deserting. This is no hero-story. Neither a story about a victim. No-one was saved by Joseph Schultz action. Everyone were shot. Everyone plus one more. But he was a moral example. He refused to fire because its wrong to fire. It was no different on how many that were shot. But it was a difference to him. And to us.




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#2 12 years ago

This, is a real hero.




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#3 12 years ago

Not really sure what to say...just....wow....




hslan.Schwabenpfeil

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#4 12 years ago

I'm quite impressed. I'm just imagining what I would have done if I were in his situation. I think I wouldn't have had that guts. But shooting civilians: I'm also not capable of doing that. Anyways, admirable Joseph Schultz. Sadly enough germany lacked more of his type in those times.




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#5 12 years ago

I don't know what to say, perhaps a quote from Dickens would be appropriate:

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."




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#6 12 years ago

Tanked "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."[/quote]A very good quote indeed. :)

[QUOTE=hslan.Schwabenpfeil]l I'm quite impressed. I'm just imagining what I would have done if I were in his situation. I think I wouldn't have had that guts. But shooting civilians: I'm also not capable of doing that. Anyways, admirable Joseph Schultz. Sadly enough germany lacked more of his type in those times.

I couldn't have agreed anymore. I doubt that any of us would have had the courage to do the same, if we were put in his shoes.




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#7 12 years ago
hslan.SchwabenpfeilI'm quite impressed. I'm just imagining what I would have done if I were in his situation. I think I wouldn't have had that guts. But shooting civilians: I'm also not capable of doing that. Anyways, admirable Joseph Schultz. Sadly enough germany lacked more of his type in those times.

Probably fired and missed or something. No sure I would have had that kind of intestinal fortitude.




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#8 12 years ago

That is a definetly "wow" story. But I wonder what his brothers-in-arms thought about it. Did they have regrets? Did some of them cry while shooting? did some of them even hesitate?




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#9 12 years ago

The bad thing about regrets is that they only come after you done something wrong. I'm sure the comrades of Schultz had their nightmares and regrets, at least for shooting him. They knew him, and it's always harder to kill someone you know, rather than killing someone (who is supposed to be an enemy) you have never seen before.




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#10 12 years ago

There is a moment when the fatherlands, the old tales, the old lies, the flags, the hates and loves doesn't matter, it's the moment for mankind,

it's the nimble moment when a single action can mean the grace for a generation, shut up and think, we maybe are fallng in the same mistakes of old men, but we have the same free will to say I die wiser than you, go to hell, you didn't got my soul