The White Rose in Real Time on Social Media

From the 15th to 27th February 2021 the White Rose Project followed the events as they happened in real time through daily posts on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. This year marks the 78th anniversary of the first White Rose trials. It’s also a year when the dates and days of the week coincided. Imagine going about your normal routine on Monday, being arrested on Thursday, interrogated over the weekend, and going to trial the following Monday morning. You can find the posts under the hashtag #whiteroserealtime.

Why this initiative? The aim of the White Rose Project is to bring the story of the White Rose resistance to English-speaking audiences. We do this through research, student-led translation work, collaboration with cultural partners, and public engagement. By following the story ‘in real time’, we hope to bring it to life just a little each day. A story like this in the current political and social climate has great potential to encourage reflection and debate on issues through the lens of a historical group of resisters. 

Here, you’ll find a list of books we used to put together our White Rose in Real Time posts, as well as sources for quotations and translator credits. It has not been possible in every case to match actions to precise times. We have therefore made approximations based on the available evidence.


Bassler, S., Die Weiße Rose: Zeitzeugen erinnern sich, Rowohlt, Reinbek, 2006. 

Benz, W., Die Weiße Rose: 100 Seiten, Reclam, Stuttgart, 2017.

Chaussy, U., and G.R. Ueberschär, ‘Es lebe die Freiheit!’: Die Geschichte der Weißen Rose und ihrer Mitglieder in Dokumenten und Berichten, Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 2013.

Graf, Willi, Briefe und Aufzeichnungen, ed. by Anneliese Knoop-Graf and Inge Jens, Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 1994

Jens, I. (ed.), Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl: Briefe und Aufzeichnungen, Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1988.

—., At the Heart of the White Rose: Letters and Diaries of Hans and Sophie Scholl, trans. by J. Maxwell Brownjohn, Plough Publishing House, Walden, NY, 2017.

McDonough, F., Sophie Scholl: The Real Story of the Woman who Defied Hitler, The History Press, 2010.

Moll, C., ‘Alexander Schmorell und Christoph Probst: Eine biographische Einführung’, in C. Moll (ed.), Alexander Schmorell, Christoph Probst: Gesammelte Briefe, Lukas, Berlin, 2011, pp. 23-283. 

Scholl, I., The White Rose: Munich, 1942-1943, trans. Arthur R. Schultz, Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, 1983.

—., Die Weiße Rose, Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 2016.

Siefken, H., Die Weiße Rose und ihre Flugblätter: Dokumente, Texte, Lebensbilder, Erläuterungen, University of Manchester press, Manchester, 1993.

This initiative is support by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and the University of Oxford’s Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund.

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