Saturday, 22 February 2020
Hans Scholl was a medical student and founding member of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany. The group had been horrified by the behavior of some German soldiers on the Eastern Front, where they had witnessed cruelty towards Jews in Poland and Russia. They instructed Germans to passively resist the Nazis and printed and dropped leaflets as well as painting graffiti on buildings around Munich.
On 18 February 1943, Hans and his sister Sophie were spotted while throwing leaflets from the atrium at Ludwig Maximilians University. They were arrested by the Gestapo, tried for trason and found guilty, and condemned to death on 22 February. They were beheaded in a Munich prison later that day.
In the classroom: Explore more about the White Rose resistance movement. What were they trying to do and how did they go about their campaign.
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