Sophie Scholl By: Lucy Fleming

My name is Sophie Scholl. I am a anti-Nazi political activist. My anti-Nazi resistance started when I began attending the college my brother, Hans, went to for medicine, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Hans had many friends there who shared our views against the Nazi-regime.

I was in the lecture hall for a class one day in the summer of 1992 and I noticed a pamphlet underneath my desk. I opened it up and saw that it was an anti-Nazi pamphlet published by the White Rose resistance group.

The pamphlet started with, "Nothing is so unworthy of a civilized nation as to allow itself to be 'governed' without any opposition by an irresponsible clique that has yielded to basest instincts. It is certainly the case today that every honest German is ashamed of his government." The way the pamphlet was written expressed exactly what I felt, and I wanted to be a part of the White Rose immediately. I also learned that my brother was involved in the White Rose, so I joined.

I joined the White Rose, and we wrote multiple leaflets, trying to spread Nazi-resistance. Our first four leaflets were distributed. They all urged people to fight against the Nazi regime. Our fifth pamphlet was named, “A Call to all Germans”. We had to be careful giving out our work, because we did not want to expose ourselves. During the first semester of 1942, we worked hard to print out the 20,000 leaflets. During the day we attended classes, and were normal students, and at night we endlessly printed leaflets. Our organization seemed so large, since we sent pamphlets all around the country, when really, we were just students printing out Nazi-resistance pamphlets by night.

The sixth pamphlet was distributed by my brother and I, and we gave it to all of the students at the university. It was named, “Fellow Students”. We took our suitcase full of leaflets, and set stacks of them in the entrances of the largest lecture hall on the campus. We were walking back when Hans realized that we had more pamphlets left in the suitcase. Not wanting to waste any pamphlets that could persuade one more person to fight the Nazi-regime, we ran to the top of the staircase and threw them off the balcony, spreading them across the floor below.

We almost got away without anyone noticing us, as we had many times before, but then a security guard saw us. He chased us through a crowd just as classes had ended, and before we could get away, he caught us. Because of that, my brother and I were arrested, and we are awaiting our fate now. But no matter what happens, I know that I am doing this for my country, and I do not regret my fight against the Nazi regime. I hope I have made an impact.

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