The White Rose: Resistance
This picture is of one of Munich’s memorials for the members of the White Rose. It is of their distributed leaflets and personal profiles. My sister took this picture approx. 3 weeks ago while she was traveling through Germany.
The White Rose was a non-violent resistance group whose primary members were Hans and Sophie Scholl, a brother and sister. The group also included other students who attended the University of Munich: Willi Graf, Alex Schmorell, and Christoph Probst. Hans was a medical school student and former Hitler Youth, who, after seeing exactly how the Nazis treated opposers or those found invaluable to them (primarily handicapped or mentally disabled individuals), he was outraged. They created six leaflets anonymously with the help of a professor and distributed them through the corridors of the university buildings. Though they didn’t think their leaflets made a gigantic difference, nevertheless, they believed it was their responsibility to show Germany who Hitler and the Nazis truly were, beginning with the party’s lower level leaders. They were to create such a following and connections that they were able to distribute the leaflets to other universities as well, in Hamburg, Berlin, and Vienna. Unfortunately, their actions became less secretive, and they were captured. As a result, Hans and Sophie were both killed, as well as two others that were captured and tried. Although the students did not start a revolution, as Sophie Scholl had believed they would, today Munich remembers them and their actions all throughout the city. The White Rose stood for what they believed to be wrong, and the group was able to do it through non-violent means.
 Jackson Spielvogel and David Redles, Hitler and Nazi Germany, A History 7th ed. (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010), 243.
 Spielvogel & Redles, 243.
 Spielvogel & Redles, 244.
Disselkamp, Olivia. October 15, 2015. Munich.