The white rose by @kaia at nouw.
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The white rose was a non-violent resistance group against hitler and the nazi that formed in 1942. The group consisted mainly of a students attending Munich University. The most famous ones were: Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, Christoph Probst, Willi Graf, Alexander Schmorell and a professor in philosophy called Kurt Huber.
In the early summer 1942, the group made leaflets that they later placed in public places, mainly the university they studied at, munich. They also placed these leaflets in telephone booths, in books and mailed to professors and students, making sure they would be found by as many people as possible. The purpose was to spread awareness about what hitler and the nazi was really doing and also to make more people to dare speak up about it. While Sophie and Hans were in the process of clandestinely distributing (giving out something to several people in a secretive manner) the leaflets they were caught and arrested by the Gestapo. They had already distributed many of the anti-nazi leaflets that they were carrying. However when they were leaving, Sophie and Hans realised that they had not distributed all of them. After all the trouble it had taken to produce the leaflets, they decided to ensure that the rest were also distributed. They were seen throwing the leaflets around the university’s open hall by a caretaker called Jakob Schmid and he then contacted the Gestapo. This happened on the 18th of february 1943. Because they were found carrying the evidence that’s all the Gestapo needed to charge them as guilty.
Hans and Sophie were questioned and after they realised the evidence was too strong they admitted to their actions and took full responsibility in an attempt to end all suspiciousness about there being more members to the resistance group but unfortunately the Gestapo attained the names of the other members. Sophie, Hans and Christoph were the first to be brought to the people's court on 22 of february 1943. They were all found guilty and sentenced to death by beheading. Usually a execution took place 99 days after the court had made their decision but all three of them were beheaded the same day.
Even more trials took place on April 19th and July 13th 1943 when the other members of the White Rose were brought before the People’s Court. Not all of them were executed but most were punished hard. On the third trial on July 13th was not held by the infamous Roland Freisler and the main witness – who was also on trial Gisela Schertling – withdrew her evidence that she had given during her interrogation. As a result, the judge absolved all of those on trial that day with the exception of one, Josef Soehngen, who was given 6 months in prison.
Even though the white rose was generally concluded after the trials, they still made a huge difference in the 2 WWII and really made people dare to stand up against hitler and the nazi, making them resistance heros and they and their sacrifices will not be forgotten.