The White rose Resistance A look into the Holocaust

β€œIt's high time that Christians made up their minds to do something . . . What are we going to show in the way of resistance-as compared to the Communists, for instance-when all this terror is over? We will be standing empty-handed. We will have no answer when we are asked: What did you do about it? ”

― Hans Scholl

The Holocaust was a mass genocide group lead by the Nazis from January 1933, to May 1945. The Chancellor of Germany named Adolph Hitler set out to form the perfect race, which in his mind was anyone with blonde hair and blue eyes. Hitler blamed the Jews for all the wrongs going on in the world, and round them up and put them in mass murder camps, or concentration camps. Not only did he round up Jews, but he also rounded up Homosexuals, Gypsies, Elders, and anyone else who wasn't considered to be "Perfect".

In the Summer of 1942, a young man named Hans Schol who was a student at the University of Munich as well as a few friends named Willi Graf, Christoph Probst. They were also guided by their Philosophy professor. The group became known for their leaflet campaign which was anonymous. The reason the group was started was to go against the Nazis, because the mass genocide was wrong ("The White Rose Revolt & Resistance Www.Holocaustresearchproject.Org").

After many people hearing about the " White Rose", the group expanded to Hamburg, Freiburg, Berlin, and Vienna. They mailed leaflets that rebuked the Nazi establishment. In high ambition of stopping the war, they sabotaged the industry for armaments. The students knew that only one millitary force could end the war so, they limited their aims against the movement ("White Rose").

On February 18, 1943, Hans' and his sister Sophie had their luck run empty. The two were caught leaving leaflets at their university, which resulted in their arrest. After a long search, Christoph Probst was also arrested. The three of them were scheduled for sedition. On February 22nd, their trial officially began. The judge who was appointed was named Roland Freisler. He acted as if he were the prosecutor and not the judge, because his future was at stake. Because the party admitted everything, no witnesses were called ("The White Rose - A Lesson In Dissent").

The trial was hard on the movement. The judge did the only thing he could do , which was to reach a verdict saying they were all guilty. Their sentence was death. After the trial they were sent to Stadelheim prison, but were allowed one final visit with their parents. Sophie and Hans were fortunate enough to have their mother come visit them, but nobody came to visit Christoph. His wife was in the hospital after having their third child. Nobody knew that he was on trial nor that he was sentenced to death. Shortly after their death, the rest of the movement was executed ("The White Rose - A Lesson In Dissent").

The Holocaust was a mass genocide group lead by the Nazis from January 1933, to May 1945. The Chancellor of Germany named Adolph Hitler set out to form the perfect race. A group of college students didn't like the ways of Hitler, so they decided to create a resistance group called the "White Rose". They delivered leaflets by mail to talk about the resistance. On February 18, 1943, Hans and his sister Sophie got arrested, and a few days later Christoph got arrested. They were sent to trial and the verdict was guilty, and their only option was death. Today the Jews remember the group of students for the movement.

These are some leaflets.
The group of members at a meeting.

Works Cited

The Graves of Hans and Sophie Schol. Digital image. Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team. N.p., 2007. Web. 3 Mar. 2017.

The group at a meeting. Digital image. The Skibbereen Eagle. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2017.

"The White Rose - A Lesson In Dissent". N.p., 2017. Web. 2 Mar. 2017.

"The White Rose Revolt & Resistance Www.Holocaustresearchproject.Org". N.p., 2017. Web. 2 Mar. 2017.

"White Rose". N.p., 2017. Web. 2 Mar. 2017.

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