White Rose: Sophie Scholl’s Final Days

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, the story of the White Rose, a student resistance against Hitler. The film is the third part of series to honor the White Rose movement for their fight for human rights in Germany during World War II.

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) at SCSU has been organizing events like this, every year for International Holocaust Remembrance Day in order to provide additional support to the classes given in the campus about the holocaust and other genocides; but this is the first time that they are having series of events.

The Center is aiming to show the students the possible consequences of hatred and derogatory speech, and discrimination, through their events.

“Particular message is timely,” the director of CHGE, Daniel Wildeson said about the film-screening. “The programming this year is really focusing on students, young people. In institutions of higher education, student agency, and student power, student voices are not acknowledged as much as maybe they were appreciated, as much as maybe they should be.”

The film is based on the true story of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the non-violent anti-Nazi resistance movement, called the White Rose. “We fight with words,” Sophie Scholl says in the film. The movement wanted to end the slaughter of other peoples and Jews and end the war to prevent further victims. They also fought for freedom of speech for everyone, not only for those who support the regime.

“These young people, particularly Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans and the others [in the White Rose], not only thought of their country, they also thought about the victims of the country’s regime,” Wilson said afterward.

At the end of the movie, Sophie, her brother Hans, and their friend Christoph Probst were sentenced to death for publishing and distributing leaflets that included content against the regime and supported freedom of speech.

What makes the White Rose special is that the members of this movement were not a part of victim groups. Thinking about the holocaust is hard if you are not in one of the primary victim groups of the holocaust, Wildeson emphasized after the film.

SCSU Senior, Amy Barber who saw the film, said her professor told them about the importance of keeping the conversation going about the holocaust. “I wanted to be a part of this, too,” she said. After seeing the film, she was impressed by the integrity they [the White Rose] had and their bravery. “What the world would be like if we had more people like them,” she said.

White Rose Exhibit is still being presented at University Library, First Floor West, for those who want to learn about the White Rose. The film is also available on YouTube and Amazon. For more information, please contact Daniel Wildeson at dlwildeson@stcloudstate.edu.

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