At the Heart of the White Rose: Letters and Diaries of Hans and Sophie Scholl

Hans and Sophie Scholl are regarded as heroes in Germany Celebrated for their resistance to the Nazis that resulted in their executions Munich and the rest of Germany is riddled with places and bu

Hans and Sophie Scholl are regarded as heroes in Germany. Celebrated for their resistance to the Nazis that resulted in their executions, Munich (and the rest of Germany) is riddled with places and buildings named after the Geschwister Scholl (the Scholl siblings). There were others who died resisting Hitler's regime, but the tireless work of their sister Inge after the war and their youth have made them powerful symbols of principled resistance.At the Heart of the White Rose: Letters and Diaries of Hans and Sophie Scholl takes the private writing of these two siblings written between May of 1937 until February, 1943, just a few days before they were executed. Even in their diaries, they were careful to omit any references that might put them under suspicion, and they operated under the assumption that their letters were read by the Gestapo. This isn't a book about their resistance, but rather about what they were thinking and feeling and reading. Editor Inge Jens provides some brief paragraphs placing the letters in context of what was going on at the time, but the reader is expected to have a basic knowledge of the story of the White Rose.These letters tell the story of young people living in untenable times. They've been forced to defer their dreams; Hans of studying medicine, Sophie of finding out what she wants in life. They have to hide their books and watch their words with ever-increasing vigilance. Sophie begins 1937 as a somewhat self-involved teenager, full of enthusiasm and by November of 1942, she writes:But I can't feel wholeheartedly happy. I'm never free for a moment, day or night, from the depressing and unremitting state of uncertainty in which we live these days, which precludes any carefree plans for the morrow and casts a shadow over all the days to come. When will we finally be relieved of the compulsion to focus all our energy and attention on things that aren't worth lifting one's little finger for? Every word has to be examined from every angle before it's uttered, to see if it carries a hint of ambiguity. Faith in other people has been forcibly ousted by mistrust and caution. It's exhausting -- disheartening too, sometimes.What made this book so fascinating is seeing how two people slowly began to see the rot in their country and how their conviction was nurtured and strengthened by others; each other, but also their family and the people they knew who gathered together to talk about religion, nature and philosophy and why the regime they lived under was wrong. These people joined the Scholls in their resistance and were arrested, imprisoned and murdered as well, but they drew strength and determination from each other and from their faith. This book is powerful evidence of how important it is to stand for what is right and good, even when the inevitable consequence is death. The Scholls had no idea that they would one day be celebrated as heroes. From where they were, they knew only that unsuccessful resistance was better than comfortable compliance. A viral At the Heart of the White Rose: Letters and Diaries of Hans and Sophie Scholl By Hans Scholl Sophie Scholl Inge Jens J. Maxwell Brownjohn is a Kindle None. Hans Scholl Sophie Scholl Inge Jens J. Maxwell Brownjohn Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the At the Heart of the White Rose: Letters and Diaries of Hans and Sophie Scholl book, this is one of the most wanted Hans Scholl Sophie Scholl Inge Jens J. Maxwell Brownjohn author readers around the world. . Bestseller Book At the Heart of the White Rose: Letters and Diaries of Hans and Sophie Scholl Hans and Sophie Scholl were the most prominent members of the White Rose Nazi resistance group, made up largely of Munich university students and professors who wrote and secretly distributed anti-Nazi flyers. They were exposed after Hans and Sophie were observed throwing flyers in the air in the central hall of the university on February 18, 1943. After a brief show trial presided over by the notorious Nazi judge Roland Freisler, they, along with their friend, Christoph Probst, were executed on February 22, 1943. News of the White Rose activities went global when Thomas Mann read a flyer on BBC radio later that year. After the war, Hans and Sophie—I call her Germany’s secular Joan of Arc—became iconic symbols representing the idea that not all Germans were complicit in Nazism. Today the name “Geschwister Scholl” (brother and sister Scholl) can be found on streets, schools, and public buildings throughout Germany.These letters and diary excerpts were collected by their sister, Inge, whose lifelong advocacy of their cause is largely responsible for their place in history. Their words reveal two incredibly mature, thoughtful, strong-willed young people trying to sort out and make sense of their lives. They share a love of family, people, books, and disdain for national chauvinism.Hans was a medical student whose studies were interrupted to serve as a medic first in France and later on the Russian front. He makes a point of engaging with the people and cultures of France and Russia, where he writes about finding “the real Dostoyevsky.” He sees beauty everywhere, especially in the flatness and open skies of Poland and Russia. There is brave humor in one letter when he refers to how the Gestapo censors must have a hard time reading his handwriting but concludes, “that’s what they’re paid for, and duty is duty, isn’t it sirs?” Since we know the ending of his story, his letter to his friend Otl Aicher of January 19, 1943, just 29 days before his arrest, takes on a more ominous note when he writes, “I can’t leave Munich this weekend for reasons that I’d rather tell you than write.”When Sophie, as a part of her required state service, is sent to a factory to work, she works in an assembly line with a Russian forced laborer, writing her friend that this makes her happy because this allows to try to “correct her views about Germans.” In her late teens and early twenties, her reading included many theological writings and works by Goethe, Sigrid Undset, and St. Augustine. When she writes about trying to read Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain) in a dormitory room with ten other girls, it is hard not to speculate what she might have experienced had she known that Mann’s BBC broadcast would tell rest of the world about their resistance activities.This collection is not a place to start to learn about the Scholls and the White Rose. A good deal of knowledge about their story is needed to appreciate their words and thoughts. But for those who are interested to learn more, Hans and Sophie can be deeply appreciated as flesh and blood humans, not the iconic symbols they have become. These are the kind of people you would love to have as family and friends. Although they may not have been the authors, an excerpt from one of their White Rose flyers somehow seems to sum up their views and amplify the tragedy of their early deaths: “The name of Germany will forever be disgraced if German youth does not stand up and simultaneously avenge, destroy its tormentors, confess [its sins], and build a European spirit.”(Sophie wrote many letters to her fiancé, Fritz Hartnagel, who served in army and was stationed in France, the Netherlands, Russia and north Africa. After the war he became a respected lawyer and judge who was active in the nuclear non-proliferation movement. Shortly after the war, he married their sister, Elisabeth. Their mutual childhood friend, Otl Aicher, to whom each wrote often, married their other sister, Inge. He became a respected graphic artist who designed the current Lufthansa logo in 1969. For the 1972 Munich Olympics, he designed the still-used sports pictograms and the official mascot, the dachshund Waldi. He also designed the informational pictograms that can be seen in airports throughout Europe and the world.)

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  1. Hans and Sophie Scholl were the most prominent members of the White Rose Nazi resistance group, made up largely of Munich university students and professors who wrote and secretly distributed anti Nazi flyers They were exposed after Hans and Sophie were observed throwing flyers in the air in the central hall of the university on February 18, 1943 After a brief show trial presided over by the notorious Nazi judge Roland Freisler, they, along with their friend, Christoph Probst, were executed on F [...]


  2. I collect books about the White Rose, of which there are at least a half dozen This book comes from the heart, though it does not tell us much about the beloved and admired associates of Hans and Sophie like Alexander Schll, Willi Graf and Professor Kurt Huber, who were executed later The story is well known in Germany but should be better known in America than it is It is sublimely heroic and non violent See also The Short Life of Sophie Scholl, by Hermann Vinke.There is a dramatization called [...]


  3. Hans and Sophie Scholl are regarded as heroes in Germany Celebrated for their resistance to the Nazis that resulted in their executions, Munich and the rest of Germany is riddled with places and buildings named after the Geschwister Scholl the Scholl siblings There were others who died resisting Hitler s regime, but the tireless work of their sister Inge after the war and their youth have made them powerful symbols of principled resistance.At the Heart of the White Rose Letters and Diaries of Ha [...]


  4. WOW This is a very important book that is well written and compelling I have been reading about the circumstances of WWII this year from many points of view This book by far exceeds the others Perhaps it is because I find Sophie Scholl to be a testament to the strength of women What a courageous, brave, positive minded woman Her story is one of tragedy and perseverance and by far one of the best I ve read Terribly frightening, yet terribly interesting Highly recommend I received a free copy of t [...]


  5. This is an insightful look at a part of the resistance movement in Germany It is the diary and letters of a brother and sister that chronicles their journey to believing so strongly in nazi resistance that they eventually gave their lives for it.


  6. Inge Jen s edited volume, At the Heart of the White Rose Letters and Diaries of Hans and Sophie Scholl, first appeared nearly thirty years ago, but it remains one of the most important literary testaments to a time when some German youth saw the dangers of Nazism and dared to stand up to it Jen repudiates the trend in White Rose research to rely on rumor and innuendo, and instead dives into the letters and diaries of two of the most significant figures in the movement the brother and sister team [...]


  7. I received this book free, in exchange for a review, from LibraryThing This book contains diary excerpts and the personal correspondence of two siblings who were involved in the anti Nazi movement during WWII in Germany The abundant footnotes provided a few bits of information about the White Rose organization however, many of the footnote numbers in the text do not accurately correspond to the footnotes section in the back of the book personally, I prefer footnotes at the bottom of the page as [...]


  8. Very touching true account of Hans Sophie Scholl, which allows the reader to know them through letters they ve penned to their siblings, parents, various friends Beautifully written prose containing picturesque, descriptive accounts of locales, living quarters, and in depth feelings about their surroundings are contained within these letters Although the details given about their activities in The White Rose are somewhat coded the group they are part of which protests the workings of fascism dur [...]


  9. Faits gu re connus, une opposition s organise en Allemagne nazie par rapport la folie meurtri re engendr e par le 3e Reich La Rose blanche, anim e entre autres par Hans et Sophie Scholl, incarne cette r sistance au sein de l Universit de Munich travers des extraits de lettres envoy es aux amis et la fratrie ainsi que de leurs journaux intimes, nous constatons leur cheminement int rieur et la progression de leur pens e respective Apr s avoir proc d la distribution d un sixi me tract qui appelait [...]


  10. I don t want to discount what these kids were trying to achieve, but I found this book to really drag on I wish it would have been about the White Rose Organization I am intrigued by the fact that these kids where about their spiritual beliefs than political I am impressed that they took a stand and tried to make things better I am horrified that they were murdered I just can t say this book held my attention I found that about half way through I was skipping through some pages.


  11. I won this book in a Giveaway Hans and Sophie Scholl were loving, intelligent, fractured children in Nazi Germany They were destroyed by the times they lived in and the ugliness of humanity Reading their letters was incredibly hardey deserved so much better than they were given Their faith in God and sense of love for nature was both heartbreaking and invigorating to read I can only hope that if I m ever faced with evil of such proportions, I can have a fraction of the strength and compassion th [...]


  12. Heartbreaking, humbling, intense, haunting,and full of the human spirit and faith in a very dark time in history I find this is one of those books that will stay with you for a lifetime The intense personal struggles of Hans and Sophie shows that not all Germans were on board with the political situation they were living in during the war That there was good people who knew what was happening and did not support it and tried to open others eyes to it and paid with their very young lives A must r [...]


  13. The surviving letters and diary entries of Hans and Sophie Scholl who were executed by the Nazis on Feb 22, 1943 As primary source information it s not terribly interesting for a casual reader like me I m about halfway through pg 165 but haven t gotten to any of the rebellious sentiments yet, but I m putting it back on the shelf for another time.


  14. Des confessions int ressantes pour apprendre conna tre ces deux jeunes gens courageux, mais le tout est vraiment tr s intime trop, cela m a parfois g n e de lire leur vie priv e, qui aurait d le rester et nous en apprend peu sur leurs motivations et actions contre le r gime.


  15. If you re looking for a book that delves into the resistance activities of the White Rose in Germany during WWII, this is not the book for you If you re looking to know about Hans and Sophie Scholl, the siblings who died together for their beliefs, this book is perfect The collection of letters and diaries are in the Scholl sibling s own words and depict two like minded individuals who believed above all in the beauty of Nature and strove to forge a relationship with God Despite the fact that e [...]


  16. This book focuses on correspondence and diaries of two siblings who were part of a small, non violent student resistance group starting at the University of Munich along with one Professor Huber The White Rose members wrote and distributed leaflets opposing Hitler and the Nazis They did so, knowing what the likely consequences of their actions would be if they were caught Hans and Sophie Scholl, along with friend Christoph Probst were caught and executed in 1943 as were others in the group I fin [...]


  17. I love getting to know people through their diaries and letters I already know about the White Rose and Hans and Sophie s resistance activities, and this book was perfect to get to know them as people their hopes and dreams and frustrations Their writings are powerful and insightful, beautiful and funny I put it down feeling profoundly changed and I haven t been able to stop thinking about it since NOTE The book does have a little commentary about their resistance activities, but if you don t ha [...]


  18. Una testimonianza intima e vibrante.Per conoscere da vicino i valori, le passioni, le speranze di questi due fratelli tedeschi che, seppur giovanissimi, hanno preferito sacrificare le loro vite piuttosto che scendere a patti con le nefandezze del dominio nazista, per non infangare gli ideali di fede, libert e di giustizia in cui credevano.Il libro si chiude con l ultima lettera scritta da Sophie il 17 febbraio del 1943, in cui la ragazza parla di gioia, della primavera e della musica di Schubert [...]


  19. Fascinating A glimpse into the lives of a brother and sister who were involved in resistance to Nazi Germany and eventually gave their lives because of it The letters start in 1937, when Hans was 19 and Sophie 16 They go until just before their arrest in 1943 It s neat to watch the growth in their lives, especially Sophie s increased seeking after God as times grow difficult and as she gets older and serious A good compliment to Sophie Scholl and the White Rose The interesting and important fo [...]


  20. La resistenza anche e soprattutto giovane Due fratelli, la loro famiglia, i loro amici contro l incapacit di molti di aprire gli occhi anche oltre il proprio meschino interesse La loro vicenda raccontata anche in un film, intenso Sophie Sholl Se vi capita non perdetelo O meglio cercatelo, se vi sta a cuore la libert Anche di stampa





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