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    If you could pick one person from history, who do you admire the most and why? Shortish biographies might be interesting.

    I pick Sophie Scholl. She and the other members of the White Rose were a true inspiration. The film 'Sophie Scholl: The Final Days' is a good film to watch. The way the actress portrays her is just as I've always imagined her.



    This is mainly taken from a book I found in the school library.

    Around the time that Sophie enrolled at Munich university, her brother Hans, along with Christoph Probst and others formed the non-violent resistance group, the White Rose. The purpose of the group was to secretly distribute leaflets encouraging German citizens to passively resist the Nazis.

    From the summer of 1942 to February 1943, the White Rose produced six pamphlets, which were distributed by them in the dead of night to many cities. All six of their pamphlets stressed that Hitler's regime was evil and corrupt. The powerful and well expressed attacks on the Nazi regime came to the attention of the Gestapo, which found out that they were coming from Munich and the university was put under strict surveillance.

    On 3 February 1943, news of the catastrophic defeat of the German army at Stalingrad was announced on German radio. That evening, Sophie and Hans Scholl went out together in the middle of the night and daubed the walls of many university buildings with anti-Nazi slogans. Sophie also wrote the single word 'FREEDOM' near the entrance to the main university lecture hall.

    Early on the morning of 18 February 1943, Hans and Sophie Scholl decided to distribute what turned out to be their last leaflet througout the university campus. They were carrying a suitcase full of leaflets through the main university building, dropping leaflets all along the corridor as they walked, when they were suddenly spotted by the university's head porter, who seized them both by the arm, shouting 'You're under arrest'.

    The Gestapo arrived quickly on campus and they arrested Hans and Sophie Scholl who were handcuffed and driven away. The rest of the members were arrested within the space of three days. Hans and Sophie Scholl were interrogated for over 20 hours before they finally confessed to the authorship of the leaflets. They did not give the names of any of the other members.

    On Monday 22 February 1943, Sophie Scholl arrived at court on crutches, with noticeable bruises on her face. Hans Scholl and Christoph Probst showed clear signs that they too had suffered physical beatings in the days since their arrest. At the end of the day all three of the accused were sentenced to die by guillotine immediately.

    The leading members of the White Rose accepted the verdict in a calm and dignified manner. They were immediately taken to Stadelheim Prison to await their execution, which was set for 6pm the very same evening. The parents of Hans and Sophie Scholl were allowed a few brief minutes to speak with their children before they were executed.

    Robert Scholl, with tears in his eyes, warmly embraced his son and daughter, and said to them: 'You will go down in history. There is another justice than this.'

    By 6:15pm Hans, Sophie and Christoph were all dead. Sophie's final words were: 'Die Sonne scheint noch' - 'The sun still shines.'

    So who is your idol?
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    Adolf Hitler. He knew that Communism is Judaism.
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    Muhammad Ali
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    William Shakespeare, without a doubt. Without him, the English language and the theatre wouldn't be what they are today.
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    (Original post by HumanNature1992)
    Muhammad Ali
    Agreed.
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    Your mum. :sexface:
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    Adolf Hitler has always been my idol and I'm being serious. He was a great leader and even though what he did may arguably have been wrong, it was still a feat to admire.
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    (Original post by wizard_smith)
    William Shakespeare, without a doubt. Without him, the English language and the theatre wouldn't be what they are today.
    He couldn't even write English and no one goes to 'theatres' these days. They're called cinemas.
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    (Original post by Broderss)
    He couldn't even write English and no one goes to 'theatres' these days. They're called cinemas.
    'English' didn't exist in the 17th century. People just wrote how they liked. Shakespeare's widespread popularity in England actually went some way to formalising spellings and creating loads of random words.
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    Sgt. Norman Jackson VC, 106 Squadron RAF.

    Over Germany, his Lancaster bomber was shot by a Luftwaffe fighter, and one of the engines caught fire. Sgt. Jackson got out of the plane (at 20,000ft and 200mph), and crawled along the wing carrying a fire extinguisher. He put the fire out, despite sustaining burns. The German fighter returned and fired at the plane again, and hitting Sgt. Jackson twice in the legs. Fire on the wing caused Sgt. Jackson's parachute to accidentally open, and swept him off the wing. The parachute was also on fire, so Jackson fell much faster than he should have for the 20,000 feet down, and landed in some trees, breaking several bones, and was captured by the Germans.

    His actions did keep the plane flying long enough for the entire crew to escape.
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    Douglas Bader




    Lost both his legs in a flying accident. Wanted to get back in the RAF but they wouldnt let him. WW2 broke out and he applied again and got through. Learned to fly with no legs and fought in the Battle of Britain. Killed a bunch of Germans, got gunned down by friendly fire and was captured by Germans. Escaped from prison camp (with no legs) and was returned to Colditz where he spent the rest of the war until liberation.

    And to top it off he was an arrogant Englishman. I aspire to him.
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    Neil Armstrong.

    Commander of the Apollo 11 Mission. First man to land on the Moon.

    Ever since 1969, his life has been one of obscurity, intentionally keeping out of the public eye despite his grand achievement.
    I wish to copy his magnanimity. Ego is out.
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    Alexander the Great, had his mental problems and it was his own fault that he died, but still a great guy.
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    Mahatma Gandhi

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    Bob Dylan
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    Paris Hilton !!!!


    How many bimbo that can make a moutain of money from her stupidity ????
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    (Original post by Broderss)
    He couldn't even write English and no one goes to 'theatres' these days. They're called cinemas.
    Are you for real? Have you never been to the theatre? You know, that place where they put on live action performances of plays, musicals, operas and ballets? There is a world outside of film you know.
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    (Original post by lonely14)
    Mahatma Gandhi

    One of the biggest inspirations this world has seen. One of my idols too. Good choice.
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    One of the biggest inspirations this world has seen. One of my idols too. Good choice.
    Although he was a racist, and considered black people beneath him, referred to them as kaffirs, and didn't consider Hitler a bad man.

    In his own memoirs, no less.
 
 
 
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