White Rose

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White Rose (German: die Weiße Rose) was a World War II resistance group in Germany that called for nonviolent resistance against the Nazi regime.

The White Rose consisted of five students, all in their early twenties, at Munich University. Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie led the rest of the group, including Christoph Probst, Alexander Schmorell and Willi Graf. They were joined by a professor, Kurt Huber, who drafted the final two leaflets. All six members of this group were arrested, tried, convicted, and executed by beheading.

The group of Munich students prepared and distributed six leaflets between June 1942 to February 1943. A seventh leaflet was found in possession of the students at the time of their arrest by the Gestapo.

3 Comments

  1. I don’t think I could ever advocate non-violent resistance against the Nazis. I’d be advocating slaughtering anyone who wore a swastika in any fashion.

  2. That’s a very easy comment to make, McGee, seeing as you don’t have to die for this enlightened belief to slaughter people for their own (however pathologically misguided) beliefs.

    I don’t see how *not* inflicting violence can be used against them to detract from their efforts to bring back morality and their sacrifices.

    I am actually not sure whether pointing a gun at the Gestapo would have been much more successful.

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