A cat and a duck that live in my university love each other and are together all the time. They are so beloved they even made it to the papers (Click image for article)
This fine young lady is Sophie Scholl [9/5/1921-22/2/1943], best known as one of the main members of Die Weiße Rose (The White Rose), a German anti-Nazi group consisting mainly of students from the University of Munich. They wrote and distributed a series of leaflets condemning the Nazi regime, and excoriating the German public for their apathy towards the fate of German and Polish Jews.
On the 18th of February, 1943, Sophie and her brother Hans were caught distributing leaflets at the university; and though Sophie was initially able to convince an experienced Gestapo interrogator of her innocence, she later confessed and assumed full responsibility in an attempt to protect the other members of the group. During her interrogation, Sophie was recorded as saying, “Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don’t dare express themselves as we did.”
On the 22nd, she, her brother, and their friend Christoph Probst were put on trial before a kangaroo court, and sentenced to death.
All three were executed on the same day, hours after their trial and less than a week after their arrest.
Mary I of England was the oldest surviving kid of Henry VIII, and once it became clear that her mother wasn’t going to have a son, he treated both of them like crap. When Mary’s parents divorced, she was forbidden to see her mother, and was declared a bastard. This meant that she was no longer a princess, and was removed from the line of succession.
When her dad had another daughter by Anne Boleyn, Mary was made to wait on the baby girl. In this period she suffered depression and fell very ill, which was only made worse when her dad wouldn’t let the doctors or her mother see to her.
Despite all of this crap happening to her, Mary stayed staunchly Catholic (despite Henry’s threats to have her killed), and she genuinely loved the two younger siblings that she had.
When her little brother died, he tried to give the throne to a cousin of theirs, rather than pass the crown to a Catholic. Mary raised an army and rode into London victorious, with her sister Elizabeth by her side.
She was the first woman to successfully reign as a Queen regnant of England. Even though lots of people (including her own dad, brother and husband) were complete dicks to her, and despite having the worst adolescence a princess could think of, Mary persevered and took the crown that had been promised to her when she was a child.
You go, girl!