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The White Rose: Munich, 1942-1943: Munich, 1942-1943 [Kindle Edition]

Inge Scholl , Arthur R. Schultz , Dorothee Sölle
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A unique study of the WW2 culture of Germany.

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"The existence of an organized resistance in Germany during the Third Reich has often been glossed over or ignored . . . Now for the first time this fascinating story, told by the surviving sister of two of the students, is available in accurate and readable English"--Library Journal

About the Author

INGE SCHOLL is the surviving sister of Hans and Sophie Scholl.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 793 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; 2d ed. Originally published as Students Against Tyranny. Trans. from the German edition (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FG21GK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #318,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Die Weisse Rose 11 Oct. 2013
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This is probably about the sixth book I've read on The White Rose, and although quite short in pages, it's interesting and brings forward a new perspective which is not found elsewhere. Like most people who have an interest in The White Rose and other courageous resistance groups of their time, it's now near impossible to find first hand accounts of their activities. As such I have to say I'm sceptical about books which are written many decades after a group was `irradiated/disbanded', and this I'm sorry to say falls in that category. As interesting as it was to read, I found myself cross referencing it with what I read from other material written many decades previous. With this said I'd agree that the contents of this book are an interesting addition to whatever else you might have read elsewhere. Just don't expect it to go into depth where other books have failed simply because of who wrote it.

If you are in any way interested in The White Rose then to be honest any review is obsolete because you'll instinctively buy anything relating to it. This is what brought me to buy the book and will no doubt do the same for any future book published relating to them. As for the quality, I'm of the opinion the longer they take to publish such material the poorer and more speculative it becomes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars :P 10 April 2013
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This was a fantastic read with great insights and helped me greatly on my studies on this particular group. it was a fantastic read and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in resistance and world war 2 in general
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great story 12 April 2014
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Not brilliantly written but the story it tells is so moving and dramatic that you easily get caught up in it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read the book first then watch the movie 25 Nov. 2003
By B. Chandler VINE VOICE
I found the video interesting and decided to read the book. I did get what I wanted from the book and that was the background that did not have time to be shown on the movie.
This is the (close as you are going to get to the truth) story of an underground movement from within Germany by people that never thought they would be doing this. Aside from the actual leaflets, Inge Scholl does a good job of building up the drama as newer and weirder restrictions are being applied to the German public. The movie has more impact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It gives me hope 4 Aug. 2004
By Cathleen M. Walker - Published on
For those unfamiliar with the story of The White Rose, it is a testament to the power and courage of those who are willing to stand up for freedom and independence in a world gone mad. Once again I find this book paticularly compelling today, for obvious reasons. The pamphlets the White Rose students distributed (that they subsequently paid the ultimate price for) are reprinted in their entirety in the book. They are well written, beautiful in spirit, and as compelling today as they were then.

The story is told with honor and reverence by the sister of Hans Scholl and Sophie Scholl, siblings and two of the students in Germany who brainstormed the pamphlets and were executed swiftly and denounced publicly for their trouble. In spite of that, or because of it, their efforts caused a ripple of resistance in the German republic that caused its fair share of trouble for the Nazi regime.

Calling for a policy of passive resistance -- the ability for each one, individually, to sabotage any efforts of the fascist regime in power -- was a brilliant move on their part. No fundraising, no unending meetings, no need for mailing lists or computer databases. Sabotage rallies, sabotage in all areas of science and scolarship which further the continuation of the war, sabotage in all branches of the arts, and a refusal to give a penny to any government organized charity...such was the call of these noble individuals who had no great army, but who understood the power of the individual.

I only learned of the White Rose within the past couple of years myself. Everyone should learn and understand what they did and why. It gives me hope.
74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chronicle of heroism 19 Dec. 2000
By Matthew Cheney - Published on
In this slim book, Inge Scholl chronicles the heroism of her brother and sister, Hans and Sophie Scholl, and their friends in Germany during World War II. The Scholls were students at the University of Munich who had slowly become aware of the horrors their government was perpetrating. They decided that they had to do something, anything to stop the Nazis, and so they printed leaflets denouncing the government and providing information about atrocities. They distributed these leaflets throughout the University and the city, and created a network to distribute them even farther. They identified themselves only as The White Rose. The Nazis eventually tracked down the Scholls and their collaborators and executed them.
Inge Scholl tells the story beautifully, in spare and simple prose. She wrote the book originally for German youth after the war, so it is not a scholarly book, but it is even more affecting because of that. After Scholl's narrative are the texts of the six leaflets themselves, as well as a series of fascinating documents -- the Nazi indictments and sentences of the White Rose group, contemporary newspaper accounts ("Just Punishment of Traitors to the Nation at War"), and some deeply affecting testimonials, including a powerful letter written by a fellow prisoner of Sophie Scholl. There are also a number of photographs of the primary members of the White Rose group.
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story, not the best account 11 Mar. 2006
By Samantha - Published on
I bought this book wanting some background on the White Rose before going to see the German film on Sophie Scholl, and it was informative, if rather short - the actual story is less than 100 pages, as half the book represents documents. On the plus side, it is by the sister of Hans and Sophie Scholl, so though it isn't a great read, presumably it is an accurate account. However, I have since read some negative comments that the author used this book to place herself more centre stage, which put me off a bit as I like to think the books I read - at least those on historical events - are well-researched and unbiased.

For a more gripping account with a fast-paced narrative, I would recommend Dumbach and Newborn's Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, which I've just finished. It has some rave reviews, is a much more vivid account, and as well as all the photographs of the students also includes all the leaflets including the seventh, previously unpublished, leaflet of the White Rose group that was discovered in the Gestapo archives after the fall of the Berlin Wall. So if you want both a good read and some very interesting historical documents, this is by far the better book.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Could Die if You Knew! 27 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Would you be willing to join a cause, knowing that you could be killed for even associating with members of that cause? Would you be ready to leave family and friends for something that is almost impossible to achieve? The young people of the White Rose movement did just that.
Sophie and Hans Scholl lived in Germany during the reign of the cruel dictator Adolph Hitler. They and several other young people and their teacher stood up to Hitler's brutal rulership and tried to bring about peace and justice in a country devoid of almost everything but propaganda, hate, and bloodshed.
Exactly what steps these young people took is not as important as the great Idea they stood for, the vision of peace, love, and justice. Writing such things as "Freedom"and "Down with Hitler" on walls and streets took courage that only the most devout and focused person could have. These people, who were killed for their beliefs, should have more than just a book about them with the name of their group, The White Rose. They should be known and honored world-wide for their nonviolent stand against the most wicked and horrible dictatorship in modern history!
Please get this great little book, read it, and pass it on!
Kenneth Zimmerman
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A call to conscience from 1942, Nazi Germany. 7 Nov. 1999
By JOYCE J. KATZBERG - Published on
As a Jewish child growing up, I often heard the horror storiesof those who collaborated with Hitler and the National Socialistagenda. It wasn't until much later in life that I began to hear about those who resisted. This book, written by the surviving sister of two such resisters, gives us a compelling account of the stories of a small group calling itself the White Rose consisting of students, soldiers and teachers who examined their consciences and engaged in rebellious activity.
Included here are the texts of many of the leaflets distributed by the White Rose. One wonders how modern readers would relate to such eloquence that draws from the poetry of Goette and other sources utilizing vocabulary beyond what is common in our dumbed down institutions.
Ms. Solle's introduction to this book provides a context in which we might examine our own complicity with modern structures of annihilation.
I would highly recommend this book as text for classes in social or political history.
If the purpose of education is to encourage us to examine our contexts and choices, this book is an imperitive read.
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