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Seventy Years Later, White Rose Anti-Nazi Resistance Still Resonates

Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans and the student group White Rose protested Nazi atrocities, including the murder of Jews. In 1943, the Scholl siblings and their comrade Christoph Probst were caught, tried in a show trial and beheaded.


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A bust of Sophie Scholl on display at the Walhalla memorial site in Bavaria, Germany.

A bust of Sophie Scholl on display at the Walhalla memorial site in Bavaria, Germany.
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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.

Seventy years on, we are still that somebody.

Jud Newborn

About the Author: 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.


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