In January I travelled to Germany in search of the places Hans and Sophie Scholl had lived and studied. They were arrested, tried and executed for their part in the anti-Nazi White Rose resistance group that was active in Germany in 1942-43.
The White Rose was a resistance movement founded by a group of student medics in Munich during the Second World War. Hans Scholl, Alexander Schmorell, Christoph Probst and Willi Graf were all united in their opposition to the Nazi regime. They were a minority who dared to speak out against Hitler and the Nazi Party. Their resistance took the form of pamphlets – sometimes quite intellectual – in which they sought to convince people of the injustices of the Nazis and the duty of all Germans to oppose Hitler. Sophie Scholl, Hans’s younger sister, joined her brother in Munich in 1942 and soon became a committed member of the White Rose. Tragically, they all paid the ultimate price for their bravery.Continue Reading