Resources

The White Rose Pamphlets – A Live Reading 

A live reading of the White Rose’s resistance pamphlets, translated from German into English by student members of the White Rose Project. Dr Alex Lloyd (University of Oxford) gives a short introduction to the pamphlets. The readers are students and academics, mirroring the membership of the original group. The event opens and closes with music by the award-winning vocal ensemble SANSARA, recorded on 22 February 2020.

Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Resistance Circle


A Short Introduction to the White Rose

Further Reading in English

Annette Dumbach and Jud Newborn, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose (Oxford: Oneworld, 2007) – tells the story of the White Rose from the beginning of their resistance activities to their arrest and execution. Includes translations of the leaflets and other contemporary documents.

Richard Hanser, A Noble Treason: The Revolt of the Munich Students against Hitler (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2012)

Alexandra Lehmann, With you there is Light (US: L&L Media, 2017) – an historical novel based on the story of Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel.

Inge Jens (ed.), At the Heart of the White Rose: Letters and Diaries of Hans and Sophie Scholl, trans. by J. Maxwell Brownjohn (Walden, NY: Plough Publishing House, 2017) – translation of Hans and Sophie Scholl’s letters and diaries.

Alexandra Lloyd (ed.), The White Rose: Reading, Writing, Resistance (Oxford: Taylor Institution Library, 2019) – this book includes facsimiles of the original leaflets, transcriptions of the German texts, and new English translations by undergraduate students at the University of Oxford. It also presents five essays about the White Rose which explore various influences on the group, and the influence they in turn had on post-war German politics and culture.

Frank McDonough, Sophie Scholl: The Real Story of the Woman who Defied Hitler (Stroud: The History Press, 2010) – the first full-scale biography of Sophie Scholl, based on a variety of original documents from German archives. It also includes a translation of the leaflets, details of the fates of other individuals involved in the resistance, and a useful glossary of terms.

Paul Shrimpton, Conscience before Conformity: Hans and Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Resistance in Nazi Germany (Leominster: Gracewing, 2018) – this book examines the cultural and religious journey of the White Rose members (especially Hans and Sophie) and asks how they came to put their conscience before confirmity to Nazism.

Ethel Tolansky, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose: Resistance to the Nazis, trans. by Helena Scott (London: Catholic Truth Society, 2012) – short introduction to the White Rose.

Kip Wilson, White Rose (New York: Versify, 2019) – a YA novel in verse based on the life of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose movement.


Further Reading in German

Letters and Diaries

Willi Graf, Briefe und Aufzeichnungen, ed. by Anneliese Knoop-Graf and Inge Jens (Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer, 1994)

Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel, Damit wir uns nicht verlieren: Briefwechsel 1937-1943, ed. by Thomas Hartnagel (Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer, 2006)

Wolfgang Huber (ed.), Die Weiße Rose: Kurt Hubers letzte Tage (Munich: Utz Verlag, 2018)

Hans Scholl and Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl: Briefe und Aufzeichnungen, ed. by Inge Jens(Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1988)

Alexander Schmorell and Christoph Probst, Gesammelte Briefe, ed. by Christiane Moll (Berlin: Lukas Verlag, 2011)

Historical Studies and Eye-witness Accounts

Sibylle Bassler, Die Weiße Rose: Zeitzeugen erinnern sich (Reinbek: Rowohlt, 2006)

Ulrich Chaussy and Gerd R. Ueberschär, ‘Es lebe die Freiheit!’ Die Geschichte der Weißen Rose und ihrer Mitglieder in Dokumenten und Berichten (Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer Taschenbuch, 2013)

Klaus Drobisch, Wir schweigen nicht: Eine Dokumentation über den antifaschistischen Kampf Münchner Studenten 1942/43(Berlin: Union-Verlag VOB, 1968)

Miriam Gebhardt, Die Weiße Rose: Wie aus ganz normalen Deutschen Widerstandskämpfer wurden (Munich: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2017)

Jakob Knab, Ich schweige nicht: Hans Scholl und die Weiße Rose (Darmstadt: wbg Theiss, 2018)

Heiner Lünstedt und Ingrid Sabisch, Sophie Scholl: Die Comic-Biografie (Munich: Knesebeck, 2015)

Inge Scholl, Die Weiße Rose (Frankfurt a.M.: Verlag der Frankfurter Hefte, 1952)

Hinrich Siefken, Die Weiße Rose und ihre Flugblätter: Dokumente, Texte, Lebensbilder, Erläuterungen (Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 1993)

—., Die Weiße Rose: Student Resistance to National Socialism, 1942–1943: Forschungsergebnisse und Erfahrungsberichte: A Nottingham Symposium (Nottingham: University of Nottingham, 1991)