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February 22nd 1943: White Rose group executed

On this day in 1943, three members of the peaceful resistance movement in Nazi Germany, the White Rose, were executed. The White Rose, comprising students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor, began in June 1942. The group secretly distributed leaflets protesting against the regime of Adolf Hitler and the war being waged in Europe, highlighting the repressive nature of the Nazi police state and drawing attention to the mistreatment of Jews. The group took precautions to avoid capture by keeping the White Rose group very small. However, on 18th February 1943, the siblings Sophie and Hans Scholl were discovered distributing leaflets by a university janitor, who informed the Gestapo. Hans and Sophie were arrested and immediately admitted guilt, hoping to avoid being coerced into implicating their fellow members of the White Rose, but after further interrogation were forced to give up the names. Four days later, the Scholls and Christoph Probst - some of the founding members of the group - were put on trial and found guilty of treason; they were sentenced to death. That same day, February 22nd, the three were executed by beheading at Stadelheim Prison. After their executions, the remaining members were arrested and killed, thus ending the White Rose resistance movement. The White Rose, alongside other groups like the Edelweiss Pirates, are an important example of Germans speaking out against Hitler’s regime, and their deaths are yet another in the litany of Nazi crimes.

“We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!”

Christoph Probst was a member of the anti-Nazi White Rose Society. Along with Hans and Sophie Scholl, this dreamy and intellectual father of three was given a token court “trial” and executed in 1943. Their legacy of strong morals and courage lives on, and one of the leaflets that led to their arrest was later dropped into Germany by the Allies.

Kein Vergeben! Kein Vergessen!

Am 22 Februar 1943 wurden Christoph Probst sowie die Geschwister Hans & Sophie Scholl im Gefängnis München-Stadlheim ermordet. Hans und Sophie wurden am 18 Februar 1943 vom Hausmeister der Universität Jakob Schmid dabei erwischt, als sie gerade antifaschistische Flugblätter im Lichthof der LMU in München verteilten.

Sie wurden umgehend von der Gestapo verhört und am 22 Februar 1943 vor den Volksgerichtshof unter Prozessleitung von Roland Freisler gebracht. Dieser verurteilte Hans & Sophie sowie Christoph zum Tod u.a. wegen Hochverrat und Wehrkraftzersetzung. Noch am gleichen Tag wurde das Urteil vollstreckt. Am Nachmittag des 22 Februar 1943 endeten ihre kurzen Leben unter dem Fallbeil des Henkers Johann Reichart.
(Quelle: Weiße Rose Gemeinschaft)

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February 22nd 1943: White Rose group executed

On this day in 1943, three members of the peaceful resistance movement in Nazi Germany, the White Rose, were executed. The White Rose, comprising students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor, began in June 1942. The group secretly distributed leaflets protesting against the regime of Adolf Hitler and the war being waged in Europe, highlighting the repressive nature of the Nazi police state and drawing attention to the mistreatment of Jews. The group took precautions to avoid capture by keeping the White Rose group very small. However, on 18th February 1943, the siblings Sophie and Hans Scholl were discovered distributing leaflets by a university janitor, who informed the Gestapo. Hans and Sophie were arrested and immediately admitted guilt, hoping to avoid being coerced into implicating their fellow members of the White Rose, but after further interrogation were forced to give up the names. Four days later, the Scholls and Christoph Probst - some of the founding members of the group - were put on trial and found guilty of treason; they were sentenced to death. That same day, February 22nd, the three were executed by beheading at Stadelheim Prison. After their executions, the remaining members were arrested and killed, thus ending the White Rose resistance movement. The White Rose, alongside other groups like the Edelweiss Pirates, are an important example of Germans speaking out against Hitler’s regime, and their deaths are yet another in the litany of Nazi crimes.

“We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!”

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Recollections |Jesse & Jack|

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“You’re wrong.” The girl protested, much to the shock of all the other students and the teacher. 

The history class was one that Jesse usually dreaded, seeing how people these days had misinterpreted the events that she had lived through. And now, hearing how the teacher was trying to denounce the work of anti-Nazi groups like The White Rose, she couldn’t hold back any longer.

“Miss Tuck, you wanted to say something?”

“Yes.” Jess replied. “The White Rose wasn’t about glory. It was about spreading the truth. Fighting for what they believed in. Making people see past the lies and the fear. Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, Willi Graf, and Christoph Probst knew exactly what they were facing if they were caught. And Sophie, Christoph, and Hans payed the ultimate price to prove to the world that the Nazi’s were destroying Germany. They weren’t looking to become famous or any of that. They wanted to do what was right.”

Having been part of the War, Jesse knew what she was talking about. Especially about the White Rose. Jesse, because of her fluency in German, had been sent to the country as a spy. She worked against the Nazis just like they had. Sophie had been her friend, and she couldn’t stand anyone downplaying any of their parts. All of this, of course, she kept to herself.