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January 16 2012 German Culture Newsletter

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Sophie Scholl was 21, a leader of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group of Munich University students, and one of many Germans who did not support the Nazi regime.

In February 1943 she was executed for treason, together with her brother Hans and their friend Christoph Probst. They were 'ordinary' young people, a flawed group of friends whose crime had been to stand by their beliefs, and try in a non-confrontational way to bring attention, and an end, to crimes against humanity.

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL: The political history of all nations has hardly ever produced anything greater and nobler than the opposition which existed in Germany. These people fought without any help, whether from within or from without, driven only by the uneasiness of their consciences. As long as they were alive, they were invisible to us, because they had to put on masks. But their deaths brought their resistance to light. has content covering many and diverse topics, and a forum:

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