Memorializing the White Rose Resistance Group in Post-War Germany

  • Katie Rickard


The Munich-based White Rose resistance group is widely remembered in contemporary Germany. Comprising six core members — students Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, Alexander Schmorell, brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, and their philosophy lecturer Kurt Huber — the group produced and distributed six anti-fascist leaflets between 1942 and 1943 encouraging the German population to oppose Nazism. Hans and Sophie Scholl were caught distributing leaflets at Munich University on 18 February 1943. The remaining group members were subsequently identified and arrested. All six were tried by the Nazi People’s Court and executed between 22 February and 12 October 1943.


Resistance Group Cultural Memory Individual Group Member German History Public Remembrance 
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