Hans and Sophie were voted the 4th greatest Germans of all time; in a German magazine poll. Sophie Scholl was voted the greatest woman of the 20th century.
Hans and Sophie Scholl, often referred to in German as die Geschwister Scholl (literally: the Scholl siblings), were a brother and sister who were members of the White Rose, a student group in Munich that was active in the non-violent resistance movement in Nazi Germany, especially in distributing flyers against the war and the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. In post-war Germany, Hans and Sophie Scholl are recognized as symbols of the Christian German resistance movement against the totalitarian Nazi regime.
The White Rose – Only operating for a short time between June 1942 and February 1943, the White Rose was a non-violent group, mostly made up of intellectuals, who distributed pamphlets and used graffiti to try and sway public opinion against the Nazis. The group was led by a group of 20-year-olds who had become disillusioned with what Hitler had turned Germany into. (Many of the leaders were ex-Hitler Youth.) The White Rose became quite popular, especially among college students, and various offshoots popped up in different towns. Three of the founders,Hans and Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst, were eventually betrayed to the Nazis by a janitor at their university and executed on February 22, 1943. Afterward, the White Rose movement fell apart, though almost no one else was caught.
Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone
Somebody, after all, had to make a start. – Sophie Scholl
Death machine: The guillotine which was used to kill thousands opponents of the Nazis, including Hans and Sophie Scholl and their friend Christoph Probst.
Last act of defiance: Hans (left), pictured with his brother Werner, is believed to have shouted ‘Long live freedom’ before he was killed.
Immortalised: Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, in a scene from the German film based on their lives. They are now hailed as heroes in Germany.
In Munich on June 27th, 1942,The White Rose, Anti-Nazis used leaflets to spread the message of Freedom.In 2017 we will use the Social Media.
Long Live Freedom! – Hans Scholl