Sophie Scholl’s reasons for leaflets

We were convinced that Germany had lost the war and that every life that is sacrificed for this lost cause is sacrificed in vain. The sacrifice demanded at Stalingrad especially moved us to undertake something in opposition to the (in our opinion) senseless shedding of blood.

The first conversations that my brother and I had regarding this problem took place the Summer of 1942. Initially, the only possibility that we had to combat the course of things was to be found solely in an exchange of words with people whom we took seriously regarding the things that moved us most deeply.

But my brother and I soon recognized that nothing was actually being accomplished by this conduct on our part. Nothing that is that would shorten the war by even one day.

During a mutual exchange of views between my brother and me, we finally agreed in July of the previous year that we would find both method and means to effectively communicate our views to the masses. We hit upon the idea of writing, producing, and distributing leaflets, without stopping to consider how we would realize this plan.

Today I could not tell you whether my brother or I first came upon the idea of producing leaflets.

Around June 1942, we took Alexander Schmorell into our confidence. We have been friends with him for a long time and believed that he would be receptive to these ideas.

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Note that Sophie Scholl mentioned Stalingrad as motivation, although White Rose leaflets started in June 1942. At this point in the interrogations, the Gestapo had not yet determined that Leaflets V and VI were connected to Leaflets I – IV. These early interrogations focused solely on the last two leaflets, especially the sixth one that was central to the February 18 operation. In that leaflet, Professor Huber used Stalingrad as emotional touchstone.-Ed.

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Source: Second interrogation of Sophie Scholl, February 19, 1943

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