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A Noble Treason: The Revolt of the Munich Students Against Hitler
A Noble Treason The Revolt of the Munich Students Against Hitler Author:Richard Hanser A Noble Treason tells a powerfully dramatic story which has long been overlooked the the vast accumulation of writing on the Hitler era-the story of a handful of people in Germany who exhibited a nobility of character and a degree of courage that broke the confines of mere nationality and made them the equals of the great freedom fighter of all ... more »time.
For millions who have wondered, "Weren't there any decent Germans?" This book provides an inspiring answer. There were indeed some Germans, who, despite the compulsive pull of pseudopatriotism in wartime and the herd instinct to "go along" with the rest of society, refused to abandon their ideals and standards in the face of Nazi barbarism. A Noble Treason enlarges the gallery of the truly heroic figures of our time by adding in all the radiance of their incomparable courage and idealism, six Germans who dared to defy the Brown terror of the Third Reich in the midst of war and at the risk of their lives. Few in America will ever have heard of them, but none who read A Noble Treason will ever forget them.
What gives A Noble Treason its unforgettable quality is the character of its leaders and the purity of its motivation. The group, called the White Rose, was led by Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie Scholl, both in their early twenties. They were handsome, bright, and at first enthusiastic about Germany's "renewal" through National Socialism. They joined the Hitler Youth, sang its songs, marched with the Swastika. As their realization of what the regime was really like grew, their enthusiasm turned into moral outrage. They gathered around them a small group of like-minded friends at the university-two medical students, a student of philosophy, a fifty-year-old professor. In a darkened studio lent them by an artist, they printed their eloquent leaflets and with great ingenuity spread them through Germany. They were instigating, organizing and carrying out the first overt resistance to Hitler's regime.
The story of the White Rose is one of idealism in deadly conflict with tyranny. Its theme is the ultimate victory of that idealism despite its bloody-and seemingly final-destruction by the State. All six members of the White Rose paid for their rebellion under the Hitler's guillotine, yet the story of their fight for principle outlives them and remains an inspiration for everyone.« less