Autumn 2017 edition - page 26-27

Adolf Hitler
He was famous for being the leader of the Nazis – a Ger-
man party that was responsible for the deaths of over 17
million people, including 6 million Jews. As well as lead-
ing the entire world into war, he committed numerous
war crimes. He visualised a ‘German Empire/ Conquest’,
consisting of only people of German Aryan blood living in
Germany. He also wanted, ultimately, to rule the world.
“Communism is not love. Com-
munism is a hammer which we
use to crush the enemy.”
Mao Zedong
Zedong was the most vicious of
all the mentioned leaders. Fa-
mous for being one of the com-
munist leaders of the Republic
of China beginning around
WorldWar II, Mao Zedong was
a ruler who thirsted for power.
In his first five years, he killed
about 4 to 6 million by indis-
criminately sentencing them to
death. His policies also starved
about 20 million people. On
top of that, he had numerous
enemies of the state executed.
Saumiya Paheerathan 10LT
“War can only be abolished
through war, and in order to
get rid of the gun it is necessary
to take up the gun.”
“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin tells
the tale of a small German town in 1284 that is
infested with rats. The townspeople make a deal
with a travelling piper who, in return for payment,
agrees to get rid of the rats for them. However, af-
ter the piper leads all the rats away with his music,
the townspeople refuse to uphold their end of the
deal and in retaliation, the piper sneaks back into
the town and leads all of the children away to never
be seen again. Whilst this is one of the most well
– known tales of all time, inspiring countless revi-
sions, few are aware that while some details have
been embellished over the years, the basic tragedy
of an entire towns worth of children disappearing is
actually based on true events.
The earliest record of this story is from
a stained glass window in the Market Church of
Hamelin itself. Although it was destroyed in a fire
during the 1600s other written records make refer-
ence to the window which showed a colourfully
dressed piper leading a group of young children
out of the town limits. Accounts from a mother in
Hamelin were also found in which she mourned
the loss of her son and 130 other children from the
town in 1284, questioning why ‘such a tragedy’ fell
on them. In addition a monk by the name Heinrich
of Herferd states in the Lüneburg Manuscript how
‘on June 26, by a piper, clothed in many kinds of
colours, 130 children born in Hamelin were seduced,
and lost at the place of execution near the koppen’.
Perhaps the most disturbing fact surround-
ing this story is that from the records that have
been recovered, historians have realised that the
bodies of these children were never found – they
simply vanished without a trace. Furthermore, the
street where the children were supposedly last seen
is called Bungelosenstrasse, meaning drumless
street or street without drums, due to the ban on
dancing or playing of music there. There have been
many theories trying to explain this tragedy includ-
ing: the plague or another highly contagious dis-
ease, the children were actually sent away by their
parents due to extreme poverty, the children joined
the Children’s Crusade and travelled to Romania
and the most disturbing that the piper was a paedo-
phile who abducted the children and scattered their
mutilated bodies around the country. However,
none of these explain how only the children were
affected, how no bodies were recovered or how no
one noticed 130 children leaving the town during a
single night.
Whilst we do not, and may never know the
exact truth of what happened 26th June 1284 in
Hamelin, there are too many mentions throughout
history of this tragedy to simply dismiss it as a fairy
tale meant to scare children. The fact that the story
of the Pied Piper of Hamelin has left behind such a
weighty legacy felt, not just in Hamelin but world-
wide, makes apparent that as much as we may wish
that this tale is not based on real events, it more
than likely is. This in turn begs the question, what
other tales and fables that we were told as children
to keep us in line, actually have some truth in them.
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