A noble cause like that of historical revisionism needs a noble figure to embody it: Sylvia Stolz, whose surname in German means “proud,” is that figure.
There are revisionists of all origins, all characters, all tendencies, all beliefs. Some are made for research and others for action. Some concern themselves with strategy and tactics whilst others opt for the most candid and direct statements. Most of them consider that a revisionist out of prison is more useful to the cause than a revisionist in prison. I am not far from sharing that opinion; however, after some thought, I believe I need, as a proper revisionist, to look at or re-examine such an idea more closely. Without going so far as to claim that a revolution like the revisionist revolution needs martyrs – a preconception which, at bottom, is rather unseemly – I am bound to admit that the example of renunciation of one’s own freedom for the freedom of one’s fellow human beings is of a kind to inspire others to self-sacrifice, courage, ardour in battle.
We need the light brought to us by those who, fighting for the revisionist cause, have ended up in prison for having faced that danger in full knowledge of it. I speak here of those who have never yielded, never given assurances to the enemy, never conceded anything either in prison or in court. There are cases – very rare ones – where people land themselves in prison through sheer rashness, foolishness, exaggerated self-esteem, although they may end up, once their case comes to court, giving in, lowering the flag and, in their defence, making hackneyed speeches on the “freedom of expression.”
We need real men and real women. I shall not mention names here, lest I overlook any. Nevertheless I shall make an exception for Sylvia Stolz, “The German Joan of Arc,” as we readily call her.
Go and see up close what she has dared to say and do in this Germany abominably subjected to the law of the conqueror: you will learn to what heights a woman may rise, a woman who, like the legendary heroines in France, Germany and a good many other lands, lights up our meagre existences.
There remains one wish for me to make: that this young woman will have the strength to go on being the model of heroic humanity that she embodies today for so many amongst us.
April 13, 2011