Serving the Nation
Cartoonist Erich Ohser, a victim of denunciation, hanged himself in his cell at Berlin-Moabit rather than appear before a so-called People's Court. His friend and editor Erich Knauf (b. 1895) was taken before the court and sentenced to be executed. The sentence was carried out at Brandenburg-Görden in May 1944.
Today the satirical journal Charlie Hebdo is back on sale in Paris and elsewhere. I applaud all concerned for having the courage to continue.
German cartoonist Ohser showed readers, with one simple drawing titled Serving the Nation which was published in Neue Revue in 1931, why irresponsible journals (such as Charlie Hebdo today) play a vital role in highlighting the ever present threats and dangers, from outside and inside, and attempts to undermine our hard won freedoms here in Europe.
Freedoms for which tens of millions paid with their lives, we should always remember.