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Read the book, see the movie,
This review is from: Sophie Scholl and the White Rose (Paperback)
I bought this book after seeing the German film Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, and wished I'd read this first - it gives all the background details on the White Rose movement, how the students set it up, who they were, and what was going on in Germany and World War II at the time.
The film is very sombre and moving. This book is a pacier read, and carries you along with the drama and excitement as Hans and Sophie Scholl and their friends come together in secret to write their leaflets and scheme to send them all over the country to try to give the authorities the impression they are part of a huge national organization. As Germany suffers crushing defeats in the war, the situation at home begins to change and the students become bolder and more daring, thinking that the German people will at last rise up to overthrow the regime. Sneaking out at night to daub anti-Nazi slogans on public buildings and dropping leaflets in public around Munich University eventually lead to their capture.
This is a very important story of how a few people can follow their principles and stand up to a powerful regime. Although they were not successful, their actions remain as an inspiring example. I recommend it to everyone, whether you've seen the film or not.