06 March 2006


I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the movie Sophie Scholl here. Who is Sophie Scholl? From Wikipedia:

Sophia Magdalena Scholl (9 May 1921 – 22 February 1943) was a member of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany. She was convicted of treason and executed by guillotine. Her last words were: "Your heads will fall as well."

Sophie was arrested while distributing the White Rose leaflet at the University of Munich. Her brother was also arrested and executed.

I am so intrigued by Sophie and the White Rose. They were all so young and the Nazis were so strong. How did they have the courage to resist? At the time their actions and their deaths must have seemed to be without purpose -- a few more people executed by a fascist state. On this side of history, however, we still remember.

The movie site is very informative -- in addition to the usual (trailer, where to see it) there is also some great background information about the White Rose and Sophie Scholl. Click here to go to the site. Be sure to watch the intro. The first time I saw it the hair stood up on the back of my neck.

To see the actual White Rose leaflets, click here.

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