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Flammenzeichen (Sign of the Flames)

for female voice with small percussion (1983)

Main text

...and behold, the tears of those who were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and those who oppressed them had power, they were so mighty, that they could have no comforter (Ecclesiastes 4, 1).

We ask, that this writing be recopied with as many carbon copies as possible and further distributed. (1)

Somebody finally must begin it. What we said and wrote is thought by so many. It is just that they do not dare to express it. (2)

Who has counted the dead. (1)

Please, reproduce this and pass it along. (1)

Pardon, dearest Mother, ... I have often pondered it... but I come only to the same conclusion, "I could not have done otherwise..." (3)

...Do not weep for me... (4)

Please, reproduce this and pass it along.(1)

We must engage evil where it is mightiest. (1)

Who has counted the dead. (1)

We are not silent, we are your bad conscience; the White Rose will not leave you in peace. (1)

Support the resistance movement, disseminate the fliers! (1)

Inserted texts

Behold the tears of the oppressed, and they had no comforter. No one freed them from the power of their mighty oppressors. (Ecclesiastes 4,1)

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; for they shall be sated (Matthew 5,6).
Blessed are they, who are persecuted for their righteousness: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew, 5,10).

You are the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5, 13)

You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5, 14)


(1) Fliers of the White Rose, published in Inge Scholl, Die Weiße Rose, Frankfurt am Main, 1977
(2) Sophie Scholl, testimony before the People's Court, Munich, Feb. 22, 1943 in Richard Hanser, 
Deutschland zuliebe (München, 1982)
(3) Last letter of Franz Mittendorfer, in P. Malvezzi/G. Pirelli (eds.) Und die Flamme soll Euch nicht 
versengen (Zürich, 1955)
(4) Last letter of Professor Kurt Huber, in Günter Weisenborn, Der lautlose Aufstand, Frankfurt am 
Main, 1974

English translation by Joel Sachs

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