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Sophie Scholl Paperback – 1 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752455117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752455112
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 is a superbly written and very well researched book. There are regular references to documents existing from the time. It gives a detailed and moving insight into the motivations and actions of the White Rose and the role of Sophie, her brother and other members. It helps to bring understanding to why Sophie took the stand she did once captured. I could only feel admiration for her. Finally it moves through the consequences for them within the nazi regime. It also gives a wider view of what happened to other peripheral members and friends of the Scholl family. I found it an extremely interesting and a moving read. It's a book I will certainly read again and recommend to others.
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This is a review of the Kindle edition of this book, which seems to have disappeared from Amazon.

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.
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I am an avid reader of historical and political biography and I have read extensively on the Nazi period. I am not a professional historian but consider myself a bit of a "specialist", albeit an amateur. This is simply one of the best biographies I have ever read. It is erudite and learned but yet is very accessible to the general reader. Sophie's story of courageous and principled resistance to the Nazi regime it told with an immense sympathy and understanding of the subject. Sophie as a person, and a wonderful person, comes through and the reader feels as though he knows her by the end. The author has obviously thoroughly immersed himself in Sophie's moving and inspirational story and he relates her life with a background of original detail based on extensive research. This is a considerable achievement given that Sophie was only 21 when she was executed. This is an amazingly good read and reads like a very good novel which one cannot usually say about historical biographies. The story is told with great sympathy and inspires and moves the reader emotionally. Professor Richard Evans is surely right in saying that this biography is now the definitive work on the subject.
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I read this this one sitting, then re-read it again. The author has constructed Sophie Scholl's life brilliantly from contemporary letters and documents, and sets it within the context of what was going on in Germany at the time to give an idea as to why Scholl (And the others) decided to take a stand. Flaws and strengths of Scholl and her brother are covered in equal measure. The author explains how the Nazi regime created a new layer over the existing German legal system to sort out people who did not agree with their views.

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.
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this well researched and emotionally charged book. The author's decision to take a more emotionally driven perspective on the story than would be expected from an academic writer works well to draw a none-academic reader such as myself into the story. What earlier reviewers have described as sentimentality did appeal to me, and made it easier for me to access and understand Sophie's story.

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.
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