Photo Credit: Ryan Hulin
A bust of Sophie Scholl on display at the Walhalla memorial site in Bavaria, Germany.

Given the oppression, violence and threats such men and women face – and the costs they often are forced to pay – we who live in democracies owe it to them not to stay silent.

“Somebody had to make a start,” Sophie Scholl told Freisler, looking the judge straight in the eye on that fateful day in February 1943.

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Seventy years on, we are still that somebody.

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Jud Newborn is co-author of "Sophie Scholl and the White Rose,” just published in Hebrew by Penn Publications. He also served as founding historian at New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage. His website is Judnewborn.posterous.com.

9 COMMENTS

  1. America needs to wake up.. to witness some of the Holocaust scenes. Even what is going on in muslim countries – today they are arresting Christians in Benghazi. those mobs are senseless, raised on stupidity, acting on insanity. allah is a god of hate, right out of hell driven by mindless rage & demon spirits.

  2. America needs to wake up.. to witness some of the Holocaust scenes. Even what is going on in muslim countries – today they are arresting Christians in Benghazi. those mobs are senseless, raised on stupidity, acting on insanity. allah is a god of hate, right out of hell driven by mindless rage & demon spirits.

  3. I learned about the Schools years ago from an exhibition about the “White Rose” at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA. BYU has also featured “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” in its International Cinema program.

  4. I learned about the Schools years ago from an exhibition about the "White Rose" at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA. BYU has also featured “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days" in its International Cinema program.

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