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.