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Die Weisse Rose

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  611 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Die »Weiße Rose« wurde zum Symbol einer Aktion, mit der einige Münchner Studenten zum Widerstand gegen die Diktatur Hitlers aufriefen. Sie bezahlten dafür mit ihrem Leben: im Februar 1943 fielen sie der Gestapo in die Hände. Die Geschwister Hans und Sophie Scholl waren unter den Hingerichteten. Inge Scholl, die Schwester, erzählt mit Hilfe von geretteten Dokumenten die Vor ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH (first published 1952)
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Jabari
Apr 02, 2008 Jabari rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, activists
The tender, chilling, beautiful and horrible life, trial and death of a group of mostly young, German dissidents against the Nazi regime. They tried to shake the terrible logic of fascist propaganda and the machinery of fear, with simple flyers sent anonymously through the mail as their monkeywrench. They were so young, yet they knew what they were fighting for: free thought! I believe our country is experiencing a government undergoing a shift towards fascism, with unprecedented power being con ...more
Valerie
There are several accounts of the White Rose Movement--what makes this one s[ecial is that it was written by the sister of Hans and Sophie Scholl, who had an inside view into actions, motivations, etc.

In a very real sense The White Rose was not defeated by the murders of Hans and Sophie Scholl--but it will be defeated if people forget. It's important to realize that not all resistance is violent--and that if nonviolent resistance were ineffectual, the Nazis would simply have let the White Rose c
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Huib
Best book i ever tried to read!
Stuart
Very interesting book about a student non-violent resistance movement in Munich, 1942-1943. Two things which I liked in particular. First, the author (sister of the two protagonists) admitted to being swept up in the Hitler Youth movement, along with her siblings and friends. I appreciate the lack of white-washing and the question of whether or not the themes of the Youth would be attractive to *any* youth, as impressionable as they (youth in general) are. I fear that the answer is a resounding ...more
i. merey
One of the phenomenons of Nazi Germany was the lack of resistance from the populace. Arguments abound over just how aware the general public was of the atrocities being committed just around the corner, however, even before these started, the noose of censor and terror had been tightening for years.

Concentration camps began as places to store anybody who spoke out against the Nazis-- and they did not have to be Jewish. 'Aryan' pedagogs, students, and anybody who otherwise noted the steadily risi
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Stuart
An excellent account of the idealistic student movement that attempted to end the atrocities of Nazi Germany. It shows the group's evolution from apolitical youths brought up on Christian teachings to determined opponents of an evil government. The book is written by the sister of Hans and Sophie Scholl, two leaders of the White Rose Movement. It covers their childhood, time in the Hitler Youth organizations, the German Army and their campaign at Munich University. It concludes with their brave, ...more
Ângela Serrão
Tenho um grande carinho por esta obra pois foi a primeira que consegui ler em alemão - muito graças ao dicionário mas li! Por ter lido nesta língua, não poderei comentar quanto à escrita pois a pontuação alemã é diferente e não faço a mínima como poderá ter ficado a versão inglesa. Apesar de não poder comentar a escrita, tenho muito a dizer quanto à história - esta é, no mínimo, chocante e devastadora. Não me senti bem ao longo da leitura, não por não gostar mas sim porque não entendi como é que ...more
Hilary G
EX-BOOKWORM GROUP REVIEW

The difficult thing about a non-fiction book like this is to separate comment on the book from comment on the people and events it contains. As a book, the White Rose is not much more than a collection of documents relevant to the activities and fate of Hans and Sophie Scholl and others in Munich in 1942-1943. It is interesting, because unless Helen recommended this book, I feel sure that I would never have heard anything about the Scholls and how they tried to oppose Nat
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Michael
May 18, 2014 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: German history students, History teachers, anti-fascists
Recommended to Michael by: Jessica Perelman
I feel a bit bad giving this suhc a low rating, because it is a beautiful and inspiring book, but ultimately it's not more than moderately successful, which is probably why it doesn't get used much in teaching any more. It is the story of the handful of University students who opposed Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich in an unequivocal manner, by printing up leaflets calling for the end of the war and distributing them on campus. They were a tiny minority and were rounded up, given show trials, a ...more
Rod
A valuable primary source.

As Inge points out, this was written with post-war German youth in mind. This, however, does not subtract anything from it being a powerful source of information for scholars.

The Scholl's Christian faith is clearly something Inge wanted to reaffirm. Possibly in order to truly preserve the true memory of what happened and why. This exists alongside her caution against removing the resistance from it's historical context by seeking to adopt, as some have done today, the w
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Stephen
Being very interested in the White Rose, I've read or collected or given away about five different books on it, mostly focused 90% on geschwister Scholl, Hans and Sophie. This book, compiled and edited by their sister Inge (who added a 60-page introduction) is especially good because it has all the leaflets of the White Rose and the two later ones "of the Resistance" translated into English. The German texts can be got from the German original of this translation, which will show alongside this ...more
Madzeuxis
Very interesting biographical account of a small resistance group within Nazi Germany called the White Rose. The book includes details from the trial as well as a full account of Sophie's last days. It's heartbreaking to walk in the shoes of people so young, who felt they had no choice but to give their lives for the basic principals of freedom. Written originally as a text for German school children after WWII, the book also provides a chilling account of what life was like under the Nazi Regim ...more
Michael
This was a hard book to read. It was not long or poorly written but the subject was so sad that I picked it up and set it down a number of times since I bought my copy nearly 20 years ago. The White Rose was a very small group of German university students in Munich in 1943. They had the incredible self-sacrificing courage to oppose Hitler and his Nazi machine. There was no violence in their opposition, they didn't hurt anyone, for for their willingness to state that Hitler and Nazism was evil a ...more
Roberta
Questo libro, nelle biblioteche milanesi, lo trovate nella sezione per ragazzi. Il numero 5 del codice di catalogo rivela che lo consigliano a ragazzi già grandi, ma è pur sempre nella sezione non-adulti. Ora mi chiedo: chi ha preso questa grande decisione ha mai pensato di leggerlo?
196 pagine: le prime 73 narrano la storia dei giovani Scholl e del tentativo di resistenza al regime hitleriano conclusosi con la loro condanna a morte. Le pagine restanti contengono il testo dei volantini sovversiv
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Sharon Jones
A clear documentary on the activities of a few University Students in Munich during WWII and their attempts at waking up the German people to the fact that Socialism and Hitler were to be suppressed.
I applaud the actions of these students, most of whom were beheaded as a result of their "crimes against the government." They showed courage and conviction. I wonder if I could do what they did for my country. I would like to think that I could. The publication in the book of the actual leaflets s
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Katie Sholty
I don't want the two star rating to deflect from what the White Rose movement did for Germany. However, the writing style didn't grab me. It was dry and felt as if pieces were missing in the narrative, that is until I hit the letter from Else Gebel. Gebel was a political prisoner who shared a cell with Sophie Scholl. Sophie came to life in Gebel's letter. I wish the entirety of the novel captured Sophie's spirit, calm and brave in the face of certain death.
Ann-Sophie
Die Nacherzählungen der Entstehung und Aktionen der Weißen Rose durch Inge Scholl kamen mir z.T. etwas verklärt vor. Die zweite Hälfte des Buches - gefüllt mit den Flugblättern, Anklageschriften, Urteilen, Augenzeugenberichten und (Presse) Reaktionen/Stimmen - hat mir hingegen sehr gut gefallen, da sie ein etwas differenzierteres Licht, insb. auf Hans Scholl, werfen.
Katie
Read this entire book in one sitting. I first learned of The White Rose while on a Third Reich tour in Munich a couple years ago. I was fascinated. In preparation for a return trip to Munich, I wanted to brush up on what I knew of their story.

The book is written in a wonderful way, full of information, yet still very readable and engaging. I couldn't stop reading, although I knew what ultimately happened at the end of their story. I'm in awe of people who could accomplish so much in such a shor
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Jenni
Definitely full of interesting information. Different accounts of the events from different perspectives. The first part is a story of their childhoods and their lives told from the perspective of their surviving sister Inge. Then it moves on the the actual leaflets. These were interesting to read since I had never actually read them in their entirety. Then it went on to the court documents and a really interesting letter written by the woman who shared a cell with Sophie during her final days. ...more
Sean Harsma
Impressing story about the last days of Sophie and Hans Scholl, the duo who risked their lives by spreading the word of sympathy and justice against the ruthless Nazi regime.
Respect to those whose sanity overcomes fear and dare to take action against supression.
Joy
Fascinating book! I had no idea there was an anti-Nazi movement in Germany until I read this book. I give it five stars, despite the clunky translation from German. A true story as amazing as this deserves a better translation.
Hayley Smith
Borrowed it from a friend. It's more of an academic, college history course book. But just as informative and powerful.
Isabel Hogue
The German resistance to the agenda of the National Socialist German Worker's Party.
Thought-provoking, and sad, reading.
Fadi
I was surprised to know about this group of civil resistants in the Nazi Germany. Few students could have the moral courage to defy a despotic regime like the nazi and put their lives at risk! I was also amazed to the extent of which i found similarity between those courageous German's story and the stories of many of my Syrian countrymen who defied Assad's brutal regime in a peaceful and intellectual way during the first months of our revolution. If this book proves anything, it proves that fre ...more
Jim George
This book was written as a tribute to the author's deceased siblings, who as students in Munich stood up against the Nazi's terror machine. These brave students wrote and distributed underground resistance leaflets undermining Hitler's regime. They were caught and sentenced to death, along with numerous co-conspirators. It is rare that a man is prepared to pay with his life for such a minimal achievement as causing cracks in the edifice of the existing order. It took a great deal of strength to ...more
Monique
Very moving book about a group of brave youngsters who stand up against Hitlers regime.
Svetlana Karlin
I read this book with a great interest and admiration for the courage of the young German resisters. However, I wish the book would give a more comprehensive idea what it was like to live at the time. The brave acts of the White Rose members are described out of context, which is not surprising.

Inge Scholl said in the afterword that the book was written in 1947 for use in the school for middle to high school students. This explains the lack of more detailed period descriptions since the audienc
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Heidi
The story itself was not the best part of this memoir. The sister of two of the resistors has included all of the leaflets, court documents, and jail memoirs of her siblings. It is these documents that really make the book worth reading, giving insight to the German situation in a clear unbiased way.
Kyla
Sophie and Hans Scholl were decapitated in 1943 for handing out leaflets named The White Rose questioning the Nazi party. They were originally supporters of the developing Nazi party until the clear hatred for Jews became apparent, then they began to question, began to resist and they died for it. This is a true story of young people willing to stand up to tyranny and who were aware of the consequences they may face. They are heroes.
The Wall Street Journal writes:
"This is a sad and beautiful bo
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Wiley R
Ugh, I hated this. I know I was supposed to be inspired by their bravery but I couldn't get past the smarmy writing. I salute you, heroes of history, but I'm super not into this representation of you.
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