Before starting my post I would like to say a big thank you to Rebecca for sending me the two stamps
03.09.2021 My first “arrival” for September came from Germany. A really nice envelope with a postcard that portrays a little port and a beautiful house near the Baltic sea under the name of the city: Dierhagen. Inside the envelope except the postcard were included two stamps related with historical - important figures of Germany History (I have to admit, my favorite subject). The first stamp is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Birth of Sophie Scholl (1921-1943). She was a student and an anti-nazi activist. She was arrested with her brother while they were distributing anti-war leaflets in the controlled area of Munchen University. They were executed for political treason. The stamps portrays a photograph of Sophie under her last words before the execution:
“Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go… What does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”
Her anti-nazism actions and texts inspired novelists, movie and documentary makers and theatrical writers. Sophie and her brother were recognised as two of the most German personalities of the twentieth century.
The second stamp or if you prefer miniature sheet was issued to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary since the Warsaw kneeling. Willy Brandt, the chancellor of West Germany during his visit in Warsaw (December 1970) surprisingly kneeled in front of a monument placed as a respect for the Ghetto’s victims of Warsaw killed by Germans. His action was an act of respect with great symbolism especially during a cold war period between East and West countries. For his act Willy Brandt was honored with the 1971 Nobel award and in 2000 the so called Kneeling scene was portrayed on a monument that is even nowadays placed in Polish capital. Except the kneeling scene on the stamp is written a short passage from the chancellor’s speech
“On the abyss of German history and under the burden of millions of murdered people, I did what people do when the language fails.”