Sophie Scholl : The Real Story of the Woman Who Defied Hitler, Hardback

Sophie Scholl : The Real Story of the Woman Who Defied Hitler Hardback

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Sophie Scholl was a member of an underground, non-violent protest movement against Hitler's rule in Nazi Germany called the White Rose (die Weie Rose).

Based at Munich University and consisting of a philosophy professor and his students, it conducted an anonymous leaflet campaign from 1942 to 1943.

Drawing on a fascinating variety of sources, including original documents, Frank McDonough tells the dramatic, absorbing and inspirational story of her brave struggle against the Nazi regime and examines her legacy of heroism in Germany.

He is the first person to have full access to her letters, diaries and the transcript of her interrogation by the Gestapo.

This important new biography shows that not all Germans blindly followed Hitler's regime, and her refusal to be silent in the face of injustice is a story that deserves to be understood in modern society.




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Good on the sources. First English language work to make extensive use of Scholl/Hartnagel correspondance. Draws on accounts from those in the orbit of the White Rose group, not just the main protagonists. However, much like Newborn, still fails to get beneath the surface and understand the complex motivations of the protagonists (repeatedly notes their religiosity without ever really explaning it). Also let down by some of the shoddiest editing I've ever come across (although this is hardly the author's fault). Did no one bother to even glance through the proofs?