Shrewsbury School

Bastille Society lecture: 'Resisting Tyranny: The German Opposition to Hitler'

Thursday 22 March 2018

On Wednesday 21st March, Mr Humphreys delivered a thought-provoking lecture on the German Opposition to Hitler. - Report by Libby Hedges (G LVI).

Surrounded by a sea of pre-GCSE Fifth Formers, Mr Humphreys was incredibly captivating as he argued how the German citizens showed a surprisingly little amount of opposition to their totalitarian dictator, with insightful comparisons to uprisings in Gaddafi’s Libya.

The commonly taken ‘inner emigration’ approach allowed many citizens to watch on as Hitler divided the nation into the Communists, Trade Unionists, Jews, and so on.

In hindsight, as Mr Humphreys so convincingly argued, the German people had no other choice but to cling on to the July Bomb Plot as their scapegoat for not showing enough resistance. Hearing the notorious events from a perspective other than through the British prism, without the ‘beating heart of patriotism’, was particularly intriguing and we want to thank Mr Humphreys for this fascinating lecture.

Closing the evening with the encouraging note that it was in fact the youths, in the form of Edelweiss Pirates and White Rose group members, who avoided indoctrination and stood up for what they believed in the most, definitely gave the audience a lot to think about.

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