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The White Rose

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Emily Carter

on 25 April 2014

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The White Rose
The group produced 6 pamphlets which spoke out against the oppression of the Nazis.

The White Rose was formed on the basis of ethical and moral concepts in addition to the basic rights of freedom, of which Catholics also believe in.

The pamphlets were first distributed at the University of Munich.

The pamphlets continued to spread all over Germany.

Police ordered that any pamphlets were to be turned in as to track down the source of the papers.
The first distribution of The White Rose pamphlets occurred in mid-June, 1942.
Hans and Sophie Scholl were caught leaving pamphlets at the University of Munich and were arrested on February 18, 1943.
The Scholl siblings were raised by parents who were firmly against the Nazi regime, their father prominently.

Hans was a Nazi youth leader, but found it was all "mindless enthusiasm" and empty. Met Alex in med school and serving at the front lines.

Sophie loved the illegal books her father owned.

Christoph was brought up like the Scholls. His mother was Jewish and also against Nazis.

Willi Graf was a devote Catholic, part of an
illegal Catholic Youth group.
Why: cont.
Everyone in the group thought for themselves, not allowing the Nazi regime to "brainwash" them into thinking certain ideas are good.
The people of The White Rose wanted their voices to be heard and worked to show people what the Nazi regime was really about.
Sophie joined after finding a pamphlet on her own, then finding out her brother was a part of it. She wanted to join them as well.
The White Rose bought paper, ink, envelopes, and stamps in inconspicuous amounts.

The group received help from Catholic professors, a bishop, a publisher, and strangers.

Once they were caught, Hans tried to eat a draft of one of the pamphlets, but they were still caught. At trial, they tried to keep their friends
from being found, but it didn't work.
Core of The White Rose consisted of five people.
-Sophie Scholl
-Hans Scholl
-Alex Schmorell
-Willi Graf
-Christoph Probst

“Nothing is so unworthy of a civilized nation as allowing itself to be ‘governed’ without opposition by an irresponsible clique that has yielded to base instinct. It is certain that today every honest German is ashamed of his government. Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes - crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure - reach the light of day?”

First Leaflet
“A Call to All Germans!” 
The White Rose was caught before their final leaflet could be dispersed, but a copy was smuggled to the Allies. They edited the pamphlet and air-dropped millions of copies over Germany.
Sophie and Hans Scholl and Alexander Probst were sentenced to death and beheaded on July 22, 1943, and Willi Graf on October 12, 1943.
All of the members of the White Rose, even the distant ones, were arrested.
Religious Analysis
Although only a couple of the White Rose members were Catholic (most of them were Protestant) the group itself was assisted and inspired extensively by other Catholics around them.
The White Rose
By Emily Carter, Hannah Hindie, Larysa Labiak, Kylie Prymak, Beth Williams
They were accused of high treason and their trial was set for February 22, 1943.
The White Rose was inspired by other brave Catholics, but it also continues to inspire all who hear the story of these five brave youths who valued their beliefs so greatly that they were willing to die for them.
analysis cont.
The White Rose, religiously
Alexander Schmorell was even made an Orthodox Christian saint.
The White Rose members came from different religious backgrounds- Catholicism, Lutheranism, Christian Orthodoxy, and even Buddhism.
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