Sophie Scholl: The Real Story of the Woman who Defied Hitler

Sophie Scholl: The Real Story of the Woman who Defied Hitler

Frank McDonough

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0752455117

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

On February 22, 1943, three students from the White Rose, a small underground resistance movement, were executed by guillotine. One of them was a 21-year-old Munich University student named Sophie Scholl, who had courageously fought against Nazi tyranny, not with bullets or bombs but with words, printed in leaflets, that proclaimed a passionate desire to live in a free and democratic society. Her brave and principled stand made her a legend in Germany. Drawing on a wide variety of original documents from German archives, this story also includes her letters and diaries, Gestapo interrogation files, court documents, and exclusive interviews, most notably with Elisabeth Hartnagel, Sophie’s sister and only living family member. This biography provides a shocking yet inspirational story about the remarkable life of this German heroine, a modern-day icon who defied Hitler and who was executed for her beliefs.

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at his paintings at his home and discuss colours and plain surfaces with us. On one such occasion he told us how a certain green had almost struck him dead. I can still hear that sentence. Good lord, I thought at the time, can a colour strike one dead? And then I saw that blazing green and was convinced that green could truly do it. Sophie particularly loved drawing and sketching children and she started to sculpt using modelling clay. ‘At first’, recalls Inge Scholl, ‘she did not think highly

Christmas Eve the dolls’ house was redecorated and the dolls were given new clothes. Music was a family pastime which came easily to Sophie, and she became a good pianist who would play for family and friends. She wrote lovely stories and poems, and was good at freehand drawing and painting. She was very athletic and sport. She became very close to her younger brother Werner. ‘They were like twins’, Inge recalled, ‘I can see them hand in hand, tripping along barefoot.’10 But Sophie’s greatest

Catholic divine John Henry, Cardinal Newman (1801–90) into German. Having translated Newman’s famous Grammar of Assent, Haecker converted to Roman Catholicism in April 1921. He is known for his consistent opposition to the Nazi regime, which took steps to silence him. Haecker’s theological influence on the White Rose was crucial, as German scholar and Catholic theologian Jakob Knab has revealed in a comprehensive chapter on the religious influences on Sophie Scholl. For details see: J. Knab, ‘“So

which mapped out detailed plans for the ‘Final Solution’. In August 1942, Hitler appointed him president of the People’s Court, which had been set up in July 1934 to deal with serious political crimes, most notably high treason and acts of opposition which were thought to undermine the war effort. Freisler not only acted as judge and jury in the cases he tried, but he also took his own hand-written notes – in very sloppy handwriting – and then used them to summarise his verdicts, rattled off in

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