Sophia Magdalena Scholl
Sophia Magdalena Scholl – Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone¨
Sophie Scholl – Strongest and Coolest, A true inspiration. If everyone could take a moment to get away from selfies to learn about true courage, please watch the movie, ¨Sophie Scholl – The Final Days¨. You could even simply google her name …
Sophie Scholl was a German student and anti-Nazi political activist in Nazi Germany. She was born in Forchtenberg, Germany on May 9, 1921. Her childhood was mostly happy and carefree, until 1933, when Adolf Hitler took control. In 1935 she witnessed the passing of the Nuremberg Laws, and in 1942, her fathers imprisonment for making a critical remark of Hitler. Sophie in response, followed the Christian faith, which became the foundation of her opposition for the Nazi ideologies in German society. In 1941 she worked as a kindergarten teacher and went on to study philosophy and biology at the University of Munich. She joined the White Rose, one of a very few German resistance movements to Adolf Hitler and his Nazi rule.
In February 1943, Sophie Scholl and her brother, Hans were caught distributing copies of the sixth White Rose leaflets at their University denouncing Hitler’s regime and its aggressive war in Europe. They were seen and detained by University Custodian. Afterwards, they were taken to police station for interrogation, and left peacefully with the police. They were charged with treason for distributing information critical of the Nazi government. After show trial of 4 days, she was condemned to death sentence, and executed the same day by guillotine. Prison guards remarked at how bravely she went to her death.
She is a role model for the resistance against suppression. Sophie stood tall in times when resistance was painful and scarce among German people. There was no fear to voice her opinion peacefully, despite knowledge that her fate could meet a tragic end. An end that so many countless victims of Nazi terror had already faced. Sophie Scholl, along with others from White Rose are widely known today. They are rightfully honored in several places, such as the Geschwister-Scholl-Platz memorial in front of the Munich University.
As humans and citizens, it remains our duty whether young or old, to accuse those who misuse their powers and violate universal human rights. During the trial it is believed she told head judge Roland Freisler that, “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”; and “You know as well as we do that the war is lost. Why are you so cowardly that you won’t admit it?” Sophie Scholl was only 21 years old at time of her execution. She is a true representation of dignity even at that young age, she stayed true to her beliefs till last second.
Celebrating, International Women´s Day, with Sophie Scholl in our thoughts.
– Anna and Priti