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Sophie Scholl’s Battle of Everyman: Saving the World One Conscience at a Time

Posted on June 29 2010 3:00 pm

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On June 26th, NRB Editor, David Swindle penned his much anticipated review of Marc Rothemund’s exquisite Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.  Mr. Swindle shared his thoughts:

“The other night April and I watched the 2005 German film “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.” With the tension of a thriller, the Academy Award-nominee chronicles the arrest, interrogation, show trial, and finally execution of Hans and Sophie Scholl, two leaders of the White Rose Society, a Nazi Resistance movement during World War II. They were convicted of High Treason for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets.”

“(Now) it’s not 1943. It’s more like 1925. Genocidal totalitarians are not in power — not in the United States at least. They’re only on the rise. And it’s up to us to stop them. And the way to do it is through intellectual combat…And it’s time to stand up in resistance and defiance.  But to do that we need the emotional inspiration. We need to be filled with vigor and energy.”

An NRB reader left the following disconcerting comment:

“I’ve got some serious misgivings about putting the White Rose group on a pedestal. Their resistance was, in a word, pathetically ineffective. I salute their idealism and their courage to the skies, while at the same time deploring the utter hopelessness of their efforts. I’ve read up on this episode and discovered that it had no effect on the regime whatever while throwing away dozens of lives. Absolutely no one was inspired by this at the time–they were merely considered traitors. Students at Munich University issued proclamations denouncing them and extolling the porter who turned Sophie in.”

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