The White Rose Movement During The Second World War Essays

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Introduction The White Rose Movement was one of the most significant resistance movements in Germany during the Second World War (1939-1945). The members grew up under the influence of Nazi propaganda, even joining Hitler Youth organizations. However, upon learning the evils of Nazism, they each united under a moral crusade to non-violently speak out against Nazism and The Third Reich.
The members of the White Rose were primarily college students at the University of Munich: brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, Alexander Schmorell, and their philosophy teacher Kurt Huber. The members of the White Rose Movement covertly met to: draft, print, and distribute thousands of leaflets disavowing Adolph Hitler’s regime.
The research will focus on the journey of Hans and Sophie who are considered the hero and heroine of the group, for carrying out the final exchange of leaflets, resulting in the group’s capture. However more importantly, for their shared devotedness to protest injustices of human rights, without fear of consequence.
Some would argue that the resistance was a failure, because the members were sentenced to death. However, even the members knew that their success was not defined by their survival, but by the impact made by their sacrifice. The Members of the White Rose Movement succeeded in escaping their disillusionment under Nazi propaganda to: reject the cruel ways of the Nazi regime, spread words of resistance, and leave an…

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