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October 19, 2008

the story of sophie scholl

(the movie was actually released in 2005, so it's at Blockbuster by now, or possibly at a library in your town)

Sophie Scholl was a woman who lived in Ulm, Germany during World War II. In her early years, she was a part of the Hitler Youth, but as she became an educated, independent thinker over the years, she became more and more suspicious of Adolf Hitler and his ideas. When she was 21, she began studies at the University of Munich, where her brother, Hans Scholl, also attended. He started a group known as "The White Rose", a passive resistance group toward the Socialist system that dominated Germany during those years. Sophie Scholl and many others joined the endeavor.

They stood against what they knew to be morally wrong. We all know what damage Hitler endorsed: the mass murder of Jews and the mentally ill, the inhuman experiments performed on who they deemed "undesirables", and the prevention of education to those based on race, culture, and physical well-being. Yet, we hardly hear as much about the anti-Nazi Germans who spoke out against the dictatorship running their country and fought hard for what they believed in...despite the consequences. Sophie Scholl is one of those people.

Do her a favor. Watch the movie.

1 comment:

Ruth Hanna Sachs said...

Sasha Naomi,

Thanks to a Google alert, I ran across your blog. You may be interested to know that Sophie's story - while good - is about 1/1000th as "good" as the WHOLE story.

White Rose consisted of about thirty students and adults in Munich, plus another twenty or so in Freiburg, Bonn, and Saarbruecken.

In addition to the approximately 50 who contributed in some concrete way or another to resistance, there were another 100 to 125 associated with the White Rose on its fringes. They may have done nothing more than attend illegal readings, or listen to their actively protesting friends, but their involvement was also critical and could have cost them their lives as well.

It's estimated that there were around 15,000 Germans who worked in anti-Hitler resistance and were arrested for their efforts.

Our Center for White Rose Studies in Utah is dedicated to telling the stories first of ALL the White Rose friends, and then of ALL the 15,000 who dared to say no. And paid the price.

If you think the comparitively bland Sophie Scholl movie gets you stirred up, wait till you know the whole story.

Best regards,

Ruth Hanna Sachs
Center for White Rose Studies
Lehi, Utah