Sophie Scholl Paperback – 1 Mar 2010
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remarkable historical detective work - a superb, well-researched and well-written biography.....offers insight of real depth into what motivated a shy and polite middle-class girl to resist the Third Reich --Catholic Herald
In his quest for the true story of Scholl s life and activism, McDonough has examined an unprecedented range of sources, trawled archives, read letters, diaries. Gestapo interrogation files and trial documents, and had access to interviews with surviving participants. The result is a straightforward account, meticulously researched, full of fine detail, and set in the context of the time. --Association Jewish Refugees Journal, August 2010
About the Author
Frank McDonough is the author of "Hitler and the Rise of the Nazi Party," "Opposition and Resistance in Nazi Germany," and "The Origins of the First and Second World Wars."
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This book is the moving and dramatic story of the life and death of Sophie Scholl, a Munich University student who, togetherwith her elder brother Hans and a few friends (the White Rose Group), peacefully defied the Nazis by distributing leaflets opposing their tyranny from a Christian and humanist viewpoint. Most of these leaflets were distributed through the post, but when they attempted to do so by hand at the university on 18 February 1943 they were caught by a caretaker. Their arrest, interrogation, trial and execution by guillotining took place over a period of just four days and a few hours - they were beheaded at 5pm on Monday 22 February.
The most striking feature of the White Rose Group was that they were young, middle class "pure-blooded" Germans who in the normal run of events had little to fear from the Nazi regime (though the father Robert Scholl, a former local mayor, had been a liberal opponent of the regime). Indeed, after her arrest, Sophie's Gestapo interrogator was for several hours convinced that a mistake had been made and that this pure German "national comrade" could not have been guilty of what in Nazi eyes was treason to the Fatherland and a stab in the back, especially after the humiliating German defeat at Stalingrad. Most of the prominent opponents of Nazism towards the end of the War were those who really only turned against Hitler when the tide of the War started to go against him, Von Stauffenberg and his associates in the July Bomb Plot being the obvious example.Read more ›
Before the arrest that lead to their execution, Hans and Sophie were arrested for another reason. Their father, Robert, threatened to kill Hitler if they harmed his children.
Everyone should read this.
The extend of historical research completed to give this perspective in on Sophie's life in the English language is significant - as the size of the appendix suggests - but this does not lead to a heavy text, instead insights into the lives of both Scholls making the story come alive. I would recommend this book to those with an interest in learning more about the Nazi resistance coupled with a desire to understand better the emotions as well as the reasoning behind resistance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a well-written, well-researched book about an interesting topic. Professor Frank's style is easy to read, and the book contains a lot of interesting information.Published 5 months ago by Betty
I saw the film about Sophie Scholl and bored this book from the library to find out more.This is an interesting if brief book charting the inexorable progress to the execution... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wingate
Have reviewed this book before but my review has disappeared, no doubt due to the author as he has been known to do it! Don't buy this book! Read morePublished 7 months ago by AJ
As with all his books, this one is so well researched, well written, informative and enlightening.Published 12 months ago by Vimto man
This book is written so amanzingly good, based on profound research and makes Sophie Scholl so alive, as if she IS THERE (and I feel, she is); Reading this in every age, is a great... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bridgette
I found the biography of Sophie and the fellow members of the White Rose very moving. Although I can fully appreciate their bravery and their motives, I don't feel I understood... Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2013 by Charlie&Molly
'Undoubtedly the standard work on its subject' ? not for me!
Although (or because) it is stated on wikipedia that the author is the first person to have had uncensored access... Read more
This is a solid if dry review of the life and death of Sophie Scholl. It reads somewhat like a PhD thesis however the information available on the subject is such that it is... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2011 by Dysonsphere
I was drawn to this brilliant book because I had become fascinated by those people who had been brave enough to challenge the Nazis from an intellectual standpoint when they were... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2010 by Moviebrat
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