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With You There Is Light: Based on the True Story about Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel

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He told her what he witnessed. What she did with the truth changed history.

As a founding member of the White Rose student resistance in Munich during World War II, Sophie Scholl helped write, produce and distribute thousands of anti-Nazi leaflets all over Southern Germany and Austria.

Sophie's boyfriend, Captain Fritz Hartnagel, served on the Western and Eastern fronts. Fritz witnessed SS and army atrocities and wrote Scholl about them. This information propelled Sophie deeper into political activism against their country's dictator. Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel's relationship demonstrates the moral complexity of living in a totalitarian society, and is ultimately, a love story.

306 pages, Paperback

First published July 16, 2016

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Alexandra Lehmann

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Alexandra Lehmann received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany in Political Science and German. Her German fluency is born of heritage and studying Germanistik at universities in Wuerzburg, Braunschweig, and Munich.​​ After nearly a decade of working in New York City as a copywriter and in Munich as a translator, Alexandra continued her Masters of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawerence College in Bronxville, New York. She completed her graduate thesis under the guidance of Vijay Seshadri. It compared the letters and diaries of Sophie Scholl and Anne Frank. Yad Vashem in Jerusalem requested a copy for their research library.

With a Fulbright Scholarship, Alexandra began archival research in Germany for "With You There Is Light." She won a fellowship to the Wesleyan Writers' Conference and has guest lectured on German Resistance history at St. Paul's German Church in New York City, Mt. Holyoke College and Western Connecticut State University.

She works as a business writer and lives in Connecticut. Praise for the author can be found in the book.

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