Sophie Scholl: The Real Story of the Woman who Defied Hitler

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History Press, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
`remarkable historical detective work...a superb, well-researched and well-written biography' Andrew Roberts

`offers insight of real depth into what motivated a shy and polite middle-class girl to resist the Third Reich' Catholic Herald

On 22 February 1943, Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old student at Munich University, was executed by the Nazi regime, along with two fellow students from the White Rose resistance movement. They had fought against Hitler's tyranny, not with bullets and bombs, but wth words, printed in leaflets, that proclaimed a passionate desire to live in a free and democratic society. Her brave and principled stand made her a legend in Germany, and she was voted `Woman of the Century' by a popular women's magazine in 1999. Frank McDonough has used a variety of original documents from German archives, including letters and diaries, Gestapo interrogation files, court documents and exclusive interviews, most notably with Sophie's sister, to produce this shocking but ultimately inspirational biography of a German heroine who defied Hitler and was executed for her beliefs. It is a story that will stand for all time.

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

This book is the moving and dramatic story of the life and death of Sophie Scholl, a Munich University student who, together with her elder brother Hans and a few friends (the White Rose Group ... Read full review

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User Review  - drmaf - LibraryThing

I know of no other story that demonstrates the essential insanity of Nazism as well as this tragic tale. Sophie, her brother and friend were caught handing out anti-Nazi pamphlets at the University of ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Frank McDonough is the author of Hitler and the Rise of the Nazi Party, Opposition and Resistance in Nazi Germany, and The Origins of the First and Second World Wars.

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