* Sophie Scholl, almost 70 years after she was executed, is still a major presence at the University of Munich

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 24, 2012

Sophie Scholl on the day she died … and her bust with a live white rose at the University of Munich

Sophie Scholl, along with others calling themselves The White Rose, learned what the Nazis were doing to Jews and other civilians in Russia and to tried to induce Germans to passively resist the Nazis. She and the rest of the White Rose group were arrested for distributing leaflets at the University of Munich on February 18, 1943. Four days later, they were found guilty of treason and condemned to death. They were beheaded a few hours later. Sophie was 21 years old. Her last words were …

How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause. Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?

On the day we visited the campus, a group was rehearsing for a night of readings and music in honor of the White Rose students.


5 Responses to “* Sophie Scholl, almost 70 years after she was executed, is still a major presence at the University of Munich”

  1. Renee said

    Sophie Scholl’s last words gave me chills (actual, real chills). Imagine the courage and conviction it takes to stand by your beliefs even knowing that you’re going to die for them – and having the presence of mind to say something so clear, so succinct.

    Human history like this makes me feel very fortunate to have been born into a time and place where I will not be killed for my beliefs, and because of the sheer luck of being born here in Canada, it would be easy to forget that in other parts of the world, people like Sophie are still being killed for voicing their beliefs.

    Nazi Germany may be no more, but the mindset to kill those who oppose you because of their differing beliefs, practices, skin-colour etc. is still very much alive and kicking. When I read about young women being stoned to death for talking to men while unchaperoned, or very young girls being sold into marriages with much, much older men, or people being slaughtered wholesale for their religious beliefs or simply residing on the wrong side of some imaginary border, and the stupidity and ignorance of things like believing that albinos and virgins cure AIDS (bunch of voodoo nonsense) – it makes me wonder that the human race has the temerity to consider themselves above other animals and that we can call ourselves civilized.

    • Paul John Rhodes said

      I can’t help wondering if she realised the danger she was in trouble yes but existential? From my view she was a lovely person both inside & out, and I dearly would have liked to have met & known her.

  2. Lew Weinstein said

    I need to read more about Sophie and the reaction of other people to her brave actions. The fact that she was being honored at the University of Munich when we were there speaks volumes about the attitudes of many young Germans today. But, as you say, there is still much ugliness in our world, and likely it will always be so.

  3. sophia said

    The first photo wasn’t taken the day of her death, it was taken when she was around sixteen or seventeen years old

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