Hans Scholl’s reason for leaflets

I believed that the military situation rendered a victorious end of the war impossible on our part, especially following the defeat on the Eastern front and the tremendous growth of the military might of England and America.

After recognizing this, and following excruciating deliberations, I reached the conclusion that there was only one means of preserving the European “idea”, namely the abridgement of the war. And on the other hand, I thought the way we treated the occupied regions and nations was an outrage. I could not imagine that these methods of supremacy would enable a peaceable social improvement of Europe.

This led to my being skeptical about this regime. Because I – as a citizen of this nation – wish to endeavor not to be ambivalent about the fate of my nation, I resolved to show my convictions in deed, not just in thought. That is how I came upon the idea of writing and producing leaflets.


Source: Hans Scholl’s second interrogation, February 18, 1943

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