Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tell a Joke, Lose Your Head

Hitler and Göring are standing atop the Berlin radio tower.
Hitler says he wants to do something to put a smile on Berliners’ faces.
So Göring says: “Why don’t you jump?”

Marianne Elise Kürchner, a 21-year-old war widow working as a technical draftswoman at an armaments factory in Berlin sometime in the summer of 1943, told that joke to a coworker. The coworker denounced her.
Making wisecracks at Hitler’s expense was, in theory at least, a capital crime, but most people who did so faced no consequences. They were rarely denounced, and if they did come before a court they were usually given a warning, at most a few months of “re-education” in Dachau concentration camp.
People who caused problems for the Nazis could expect them to use sedition as an excuse to arrest and execute them. Law-abiding Germans, though, had little to fear until the war began to turn against Germany. Then, punishment for sedition became more severe.
Marianne was forced to appear before the People’s Court. President Roland Freisler was notorious for berating defendants, and his death sentences. Marianne acknowledged making the joke, but said she hadn’t been herself at the time, feeling bitter about the recent loss of her husband at the front.
Freisler didn’t care. In fact, Marianne’s status as a war widow made her crime worse. In fact, he was proud to take no account of individual suffering.”
In his ruling, Friesler wrote:
As the widow of a fallen German soldier, Marianne Kürchner tried to undermine our will to valiant defense and efficient work in the armaments sector toward victory by making hateful remarks about the Führer and the German people and by uttering the wish that we should lose the war … She has excluded herself from the racial community. Her honor has been permanently destroyed and therefore she shall be punished with death.
Friesler rendered his judgment on June 26, 1943. Marianne was guillotined for the joke shortly thereafter. 

Plotzensee Prison execution room

Plotzensee guillotine after an air raid

          Aren’t you glad we don’t have to worry about such a fate?

Monday, January 22, 2018

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Blessed Controller

God, who is the blessed controller of all things, the king over all kings
and the master of all masters… 1 Timothy 6:13-16 J.B. Phillips

Waves, crashing and rolling in the dark of night, Peter climbed out of the pitching and yawing boat and set off across the foaming waves toward Jesus, who walked peacefully atop the surface of the water—“the blessed controller of all things”. These were not timid men. Most were fishermen hardened to heavy toil and the rough, unpredictable waters of the Sea of Galilee. Storms were nothing new, but on this night, the ferocity of the thunder, lightning streaking across the sky, and the tumult of the waves frightened them.

To the amazement of his companions, Peter strode across the thrashing sea with confidence, his eyes fixed on Jesus’ face. In a moment of panic, he glanced down in amazement at the churning water beneath his feet, his heart filled with fear of the impossible, and he began to sink.

The great and powerful God who rules the universe promises never to let me go. God promises to keep us afloat through any trial, bringing us to safe harbor when we focus on Him, no matter how distant the solid ground appears. My heart and my feet might fail, but my God has promised He never will.

As I navigated the waters of infertility, chronic illness, my father’s sudden death, and my husband’s job loss, God has proved unfailing in his faithfulness and mercy. When the end result appears uncertain, my thoughts stray to the worst possible outcome. My heart knows God is the blessed controller, but my mind can’t conceive of his ability to make things right. I grow faint, my feet falter, and whitecaps of fear drag me under choppy waves of doubt.

When the storms of life threaten to drag me beneath the waves, I must remember the blessed controller who prevails over the tempest. Though trials may buffet, God will never allow me to sink. He will not fail, for our God is mighty to save.

© Copyright by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman, March 14, 2014, & January 4, 2018

About the author:
Norma Gail’s debut contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 41 years. They have two adult children. If you’re interested in connecting with her, you’re to follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, or Amazon