Sophie Scholl, Treason
After watching Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (and having also seen Die Weiße Rose) I am so amazed at how Sophie handled everything. She took the risks knowing fully well she could be arrested at any moment, but she believed the cause was greater than her. For example, when she offers to take the suitcase of leaflets through Schwabing because it’s easier for girls to pass by without notice, or when she takes the entire blame for passing out the leaflets. In The White Rose, too, she steals paper so they can print their leaflets and almost gets caught, but repeatedly risks it. Unfortunately, she does get caught and is beheaded by the Nazi Party. It is tragic she was never able to see her actions come to fruition, but all of these years later her family can see the monument in her name and her brother’s. At only 21 years old, younger than I am, I cannot imagine how she must have felt knowing she was going to be killed. The scene of her crying into the mirror in the bathroom after she confesses to the actions gives a glimpse at what she was thinking and feeling, but one can only imagine. When I think of how this could relate to us today, I think of Edward Snowden. Not in the sense that our governments are the same, but that he released that information because he believed the government was doing something wrong by withholding that information from us and by spying on the other countries. I wonder if, 30 years from now, people will be looking at him in a similar way (though not nearly as gloriously as the Scholls), but that they will think his acts of treason were not that. When I think of being loyal to one’s country, I don’t think of being loyal to the government, but rather loyal to its people. Thankfully, our country is not like Hitler was during this time, but it makes you wonder what you might have done if it was…
 Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. Directed by Marc Rothemund. Performed by Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs. Germany: Zeitgeist Films (USA), 13. Film.
 Die Weiße Rose (The White Rose). Directed by Michael Verhoeven. Performed by Lena Stolze, Wulf Kessler. West Germany: TeleCulture (USA), 24. VHS.
Zirbas, Michael J. Own Work. Walhalla Halle 4. July 2009. Wikimedia Commons.