The White Rose

This paper discusses and analyzes the book “The White Rose: Munich 1942-1943,” by Inge Scholl.

This paper discusses Inge Scholl’s moving book about her brother and sister, who formed a student group, the White Rose, to fight the Nazis with propaganda and intelligent arguments. They were beheaded for treason in 1943. The story is presented in detail. The author of the paper asks: Did the White Rose members give up their lives in vain? The author feels that the White Rose members should always be remembered for their bravery and strong belief in freedom for all.
At first, Sophie did not know her brother had any part in the leaflets, but when she visited his room, she saw a book marked with a passage that had been reprinted in the leaflets. She grew frightened because she knew her entire family was in danger if he was caught. Three more leaflets came out in a few more days, and they were found throughout Munich, sometimes in mailboxes. Some they were found in other southern German cities, too. Then the leaflets stopped because all the students had to fight in Russia during the summer break. Sophie went home, and while she was there, she heard from a nurse that all the children in the hospital for the mentally ill were sent to concentration camps and exterminated. While Hans and Werner were fighting, they found out their father was in prison for his remarks about Hitler. They took it as a mark of distinction (Scholl 39). On his way home, Hans gives a Jewish prisoner a daisy and a chocolate bar, and she put the daisy in her hair after he left.