Starring: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Henrichs
Producer: Christopher Müller, Sven Burgemeister, Fred Breinersdorfer, Marc Rothemund
Director: Marc Rothemund
Length: 117 minutes
Awards: Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film 2005
Contrary to popular belief, there was a strong, if underground, anti-war and anti-Nazi movement within Germany during WW II. In Bavaria, it was the White Rose Movement, co-founded by Hans Scholl, Sophie’s brother, and a handful of other university students.
Sophie joins them; because she is a girl, the authorities pay rather less attention, and she is able to steal the strictly-rationed paper they need to mimeograph their anti-war flyers. While distributing them, they are spotted, and an informant turns them in.
She is arrested on 18 February 1943; during her trial, she state, “Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don’t dare express themselves as we did.” She, along with her brother and others, are executed on 22 February 1943.
Brilliantly written, acted, and filmed, the movie reminds us that no country, no party, no ideal, is truly monolithic, and that people of conscience often choose to take a stand against tyranny.
It also reminds us that such behavior, all too often, is pointless.
There’s more to Germany, and Germans, that you think. Learn about the people who took a courageous stand against national socialim, often while we were home safe in out beds
Movie, Foreign Film, WW II
Were the Scholls right to resist the duly-elected government of Germany?
Interest Level: Ages 12 and above.