White supremacy dies

White Rose

Christoph Probst dies with them. In order to protect the young family man, the group recently largely kept him out of their activities. The only evidence against him is a handwritten draft of a leaflet that Hans Scholl was carrying when he was arrested.

In April, 14 other members of the White Rose will be tried. Alexander Schmorell, Professor Kurt Huber and Willi Graf are also sentenced to death, the others to prison terms. In the months that followed, the Gestapo continued to arrest friends and supporters of the White Rose, and the People's Court sentenced them to death and imprisonment.

Two days before her arrest, Sophie Scholl said: "So many people are falling for this regime. It's time someone fell against it." During her interrogation, the Gestapo officer wanted to give her an opportunity to evade the death penalty: she should distance herself from her brother and explain that his and her actions and beliefs were condemnable.

Sophie Scholl replied, according to the interrogation protocol: "I still believe that I have done the best I could do for my people right now. I therefore do not regret my behavior and I want the consequences that arise from my behavior, take on me. "

The legacy of the White Rose

After the innermost circle of the White Rose had been murdered, her work was initially continued and her ideas passed on. The Munich chemistry student Hans Leipelt copied the last leaflet together with like-minded friends and distributed it in Hamburg with the addition "And your spirit lives on anyway".

He also organized a fundraiser for Kurt Huber's widow. These activities were betrayed, and Hans Leipelt, his girlfriend Marie-Luise Jahn and other supporters were arrested in autumn 1943. Leipelt was executed on January 29, 1945, Marie-Luise Jahn was sentenced to twelve years in prison.

The medical student Traute Lafrenz had already brought leaflets from Munich to Hamburg in November 1942. Her friend Heinz Kucharski, a student of philosophy and oriental studies, distributed them there with the help of other opposition students.

At the end of 1944, the Gestapo also tracked down members of the Hamburg group. On April 17, 1945, shortly before the end of the war, they too were sentenced by the People's Court. Heinz Kucharski was able to flee on the way to the execution. The others died while in detention.

The last White Rose leaflet got abroad via the Hamburg branch and was dropped over Germany by British bombers in December 1943. In a speech broadcast to Germany on the BBC, Thomas Mann spoke about the members of the White Rose as representatives of a better, different Germany, no matter how small their number was, and assured: "You shouldn't have died in vain, shouldn't be forgotten. "