Today in Germany Google is celebrating the life and legacy of Sophie Scholl. Sophie Scholl was most known for her role in the Germand Resistance against the Nazi’s. According to Wikipedia it was partly due to her involvement that the “White Rose” got executed.
The White Rose was the name of a Christian motivated resistance group in Munich during the period of National Socialism . In June 1942, the group was founded and lasted until February 1943., The members of the White Rose wrote, printed and distributed under life-threatening circumstances a total of six leaflets , in which the resistance against National Socialism was called.
“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?” by Sophie Scholl
Sophie Scholl was born in Forchtenberg Germany on the 9th of May 1921 and passed away on the 22nd of February 1943 in Munchen Germany.
Following her death, a copy of the sixth leaflet was smuggled out of Germany through Scandinavia to the UK by German jurist Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, where it was used by the Allied Forces. In mid-1943, they dropped over Germany millions of propaganda copies of the tract, now retitled, The Manifesto of the Students of Munich.
In a historical context, the White Rose’s legacy has significance for many commentators, both as a demonstration of exemplary spiritual courage, and as a well-documented case of social dissent in a time of violent repression, censorship, and conformist pressure.
Playwright Lillian Garrett-Groag stated in Newsday on 22 February 1993, that “It is possibly the most spectacular moment of resistance that I can think of in the twentieth century… The fact that five little kids, in the mouth of the wolf, where it really counted, had the tremendous courage to do what they did, is spectacular to me. I know that the world is better for them having been there, but I do not know why.”
In the same issue of Newsday, Holocaust historian Jud Newborn noted that “You cannot really measure the effect of this kind of resistance in whether or not X number of bridges were blown up or a regime fell… The White Rose really has a more symbolic value, but that’s a very important value.”
Today is not the first time that Sophie Scholl received recognition for her part in the German Resitance against the Nazi’s, several streets in Germany is named after her, and their have been several books and films dedicated to the “White Rose” and the part Sophie Scholl played in the resistance!