Hans And Sophie Scholl: The White Rose Movement

Decent Essays

Emma Mueller (23%)
Mrs. Fagbongbe
B – Block
December 1, 2015
Hans and Sophie Scholl (The White Rose)
The White Rose movement was a group of college students from the University of Munich who were opposed to Nazis performing massacres. This non-violent resistance group was founded in June of 1942 by Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, Christoph Probst, Alexander Schmorell, Willi Graf, Kurt Huber, and many others. The members of the group were motivated to oppose Hitler because of the terrors that Hans Scholl saw with his own eyes, the wrong teachings in German Youth Group, and the ‘abominable crimes’ of the Nazi’s tyranny. In all, the White Rose members were remarkable people, they did courageous actions against the Nazis, and they died in honor because …show more content…

First of all, they created six leaflets, or in other words pamphlets, to display their discerning disagreement towards the Nazis. Four of them were titled “White Rose” and the other two were titled “Leaflets of Resistance”. These six leaflets claimed that the Nazi method had slowly restrained German people, and that the Nazi command had turned immoral. With under 100 leaflets, Hans, Sophie, and other contributors distributed the leaflets with intellectual writing to fellow class mates. For example, this quote in the second leaflet, “since the defeat of Poland, 300,000 Jews have been slaughtered in this nation in the foulest way… The German people rest on in gloomy, ridiculous sleep and motivate the fascist lawbreakers. Each wants to be pardoned of guilt, each one endures on his way with the most easygoing, calm morality. But he cannot be forgiven; he is guilty, guilty, guilty!” stands for the wretchedness and demolition that the Nazis put forth against the Jews and German people. As can be seen, Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, Christoph Probst, Alexander Schmorell, Willi Graf, Kurt Huber, and several other members of the White Rose movement were logically smart and their leaflets encouraged many other people to rebel with them. In no surprise, most students and individuals were too afraid to rebel because of their fright of the Nazis. Overall, the power of the Nazis did not …show more content…

Even though they knew they were risking their lives, they did as much resisting till they could not. Most of the members were killed in the year of 1943, but the most significant members died earlier in the year on February 22, 1943. These important leaders were Hans, Sophie, and Christoph. On the day when they were arrested, they were caught handing out leaflets at the University of Munich, and a university custodian, Jakob Schmid, betrayed Hans, Sophie, and Christoph by turning them into the Gestapo. Soon after the heart-breaking arrest, many of the other members were caught and arrested. These other participants were Kurt Huber, Willi Graf, Alexander Schmorell, and several others not mentioned. In all, the members’ blessings ran out and they were trapped and were headed for trial. In all dissatisfaction, they were taken to the People’s Court in Berlin to be trialed by head judge, Roland Freisler. Roland Freisler ruled with no second thought that they were guilty of high treason and were to be sentenced to death on February 22, 1943. When their trial ended, Hans Scholl and Sophie Scholl were sent off to Stadelheim prison and were arranged one visit with their parents, to say their saddening goodbyes. All in all, they died in Munich trying unravel the secrets of the genocides of the German people and Jews from all over. Sadly, no one really believed them till afterwards because everyone was too petrified of the

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