Blog: The Case of Sergeant Grischa - 2012-03-15
A little story from L Ron Hubbard:
There was a wonderful book written one time called - I think it was The Case of Seargent Grescha or Grischa. It had to do with the fall of the German Empire. The fall of the German Empire was postulated to have occurred with the German army's arbitrary execution of a Russian soldier by the name of Grischa. He had not sinned against the German state in any way. It was totally unjust that he was executed through the indolence, incompetence of various German officers, so forth. And it builds this whole thing up into the whole rhyme, "For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost, for want of a horse the rider was lost, for want of the rider the battle was lost and all for the want of a horseshoe nail."
Well, interesting example of the state forgetting or overriding the rights of one human being with terrific consequences because the death of Grischa, by the way, was historic - World War I - it evidently actually occurred — and I know that it did cause riots, not amongst the Russian soldiers, but caused riots amongst the German troops. And a lot of smoke occurred through the death of one person who was wronged.