Sophia Magdalena Scholl (1921-1943) was a Christian anti-Nazi political activist, active within the non-violent White Rose Resistance group which was led by a group of students from the University of Munich, including Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans Scholl, Christoph Probst, and Alexander Schmorell. The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign that denounced the Nazi regime’s crimes and oppression, and called for resistance. In their second leaflet, they openly denounced the persecution and mass murder of the Jews while the majority of the German church remained silent.
Their activities started in Munich on June 27, 1942, and ended with the arrest of the core group by the Gestapo on February 18, 1943. These mug shots were taken on the day of her arrest:
Sophie, Hans, and Christoph Probst were imprisoned, convicted of high treason and beheaded by guillotine four days after their arrest, on February 22, 1943. During the trial, no defendants were given any opportunity to speak, but Sophie spoke up anyway, interrupting the judge multiple times. These were her final words before she was executed:
“How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”~Sophie
Another excellent word from Sophie:
“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves – or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honor, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small… die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the boogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.”
Photos colorized and enhanced by moi.
Author: James Bailey
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