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Argumentative Essay On The White Rose

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The White Rose
From 1933 to 1945, Germany was under the leadership of Adolf Hitler and the Nationalist Socialist German Party, or Nazi Party. The group promoted German pride and Anti-Semitism, hate towards Jews, and expressed disgust towards the Treaty of Versailles, a peace document signed between Germany and the Allies at the end of World War 1 (History.com Staff). In order to grow his movement, Hitler recruited Germans for his armies, his factory workers, and his death camp guards. Because of this, it was easy to assume that all Germans supported the Nazi dictatorship and the ideas they preached. However, throughout this time period many Germans of different political and religious beliefs came together to protest against the regime.
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Meanwhile for Sophie, as an art lover she watched her favorite artists leave the country because they refused to create the forms of art Hitler deemed acceptable. Also, she discovered that many of her favorite books were placed under the “ banned books” list because they had been written by Jewish authors. As a result of these experiences, both Hans and Sophie realized that Hitler was not proposing to build a new world for everyone, but that his true plan was to build a utopia where blond, blue-eyed Aryans thrived and those that did not match this description were imprisoned, tortured, and killed (“Hans Scholl”).
After years of mandatory national service, both Hans and Sophie found themselves attending the University of Munich. Because Hans had started going to the school a few years before Sophie joined him, he already had a group of friends that shared the same beliefs as him and his sister, so Sophie easily befriended them as well. Together they discussed the ugliness of war and Hitler’s actions. In time they came to believe that they should do more than just talk about their ideas and actually start acting upon them. The group decided to print and hand out leaflets calling resistance to Hitler, and began calling themselves the White Rose. Some of the members were Christoph Probst, Alexander Schmorell, Willi Graf, and even a philosophy professor at the university named Kurt Huber (“Hans Scholl”).
Between June 1942 and
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