Monday, March 19, 2018

Women's History Month: The White Rose, Sophie Scholl

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They were college students writing pamphlets using what Americans would call First Amendment Free Speech. But Sophie, her brother, her boyfriend and like-minded college students were in Germany in the 1940s.

Being serious about their faith, Sophie and family were Lutherans, they took seriously the social gospel that meant opposing Hitler's regime through passive resistance. Her boyfriend was on the Eastern Front and witnessed atrocities to Russian troops and Jewish populations. Many Christians spoke out against the increasing malevolance of Nazism. 

Sophie and her brother were arrested and actually beheaded through the use of a guillotine in February, 1943.  The nation of Israel has recognized her as 'Righteous Among the Nations,'an honorific used by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis.

Hans Scholl (left), Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst, leaders of the White Rose resistance organization. Munich 1942 (USHMM Photo)
The White Rose: A Lesson in Dissent

75 Years Ago Today: The Incredible Story of Hans and Sophie Scholl

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Full Film)

Writings and leaders who inspired Sophie Scholl:

Cardianal John Henry Newman

Quotes of Sophie Scholl

Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare express themselves as we did.
Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone
How can we expect fate to let a righteous cause prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to a righteous cause?

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