Alexander Schmorell re Leaflet II

We worked in the same manner for the production and distribution of the “White Rose” leaflet, editions 2 and 3. I therefore describe both of these editions as the intellectual property of both me and Scholl, because we did everything jointly. We worked in my parents’ home (where I have my own room on the third floor) in such a manner that my parents could not possibly notice. Continue reading

Leaflet II

Leaflets of the White Rose II

It is impossible to come to terms with National Socialism on an intellectual basis, because it is simply not intellectual. You cannot speak of a National Socialist ideology. If such a thing existed, you would be forced to try to defend or engage it on an intellectual basis. Continue reading

Gestapo comments about second leaflet

Yesterday’s expert analysis, page 3, number 4, Christian overtones: This now comes clearly into view. Christian expressions multiply. … D 33, It is not given to us. D 48, May God grant that. Corresponding to the archaic relative pronoun “so”, here there likewise appears the unmistakable sign of theological method of speech, “now there our eyes are opened” [Note 1] (D 79). D 76 is the fanatical call of a hellfire-and-brimstone preacher. Continue reading

Funds from Carl Muth

During the time (that I was working on his library), Prof. Muth gave me around 300 Marks [$2,400.00] to purchase books for myself. This was not payment for services rendered; rather, it was a gift, since it went without saying that I had promised to do the work gratis, simply because it interested me. Since June 1942, I have not received any additional gifts from Prof. Muth.

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Source: Hans Scholl’s fourth interrogation, February 20, 1943

Leaflet mailing 02

According to the Gestapo, copies of Leaflet I were mailed on June 27 at 12:00 P.M. from Post Office 1:

  • To Herder Book Store, Munich, Lowengrube 14 (record 3)
  • To Bernd von Heiseler, Brannenburg on the Inn (record 31)
  • To Josef Eisenberger, Grocery Store Owner, Zell, township of Ruhpolding, House No. 281/2 (record 33)

The following was mailed at the same time, but from Post Office 2: Continue reading

Gestapo comments about first leaflet

Yesterday’s expert analysis, page 3, number 4, Christian overtones: … C 38, once again the accusation of godlessness, atheistic war machine. … C 34, member of the Christian and western culture. …

Yesterday’s expert analysis, page 6, 2nd paragraph: I determined that the appeals did not have the tone of an embittered loner. … [As] in B – complains about their indifference ( C 3 ff., D 5 ff.). … Continue reading

Bischoff’s view of Schmorell’s literary soiree

Eventually, Huber was invited to the villa of the accused Schmorell’s father. There a political discussion arose in which Huber championed the notion that the NSDAP would continue to drift to the left, asserting that Northern Germany already exhibited strong Bolshevist tendencies, while Southern Germany generally leaned more towards an established democratic form of government. Continue reading

Katharina goes to Alex’s soiree

The first time I had contact with the Scholl circle was in Schmorell’s villa. Around the end of June 1942, Lafrenz invited me there for a community reading of the book The Satin Slipper. Continue reading

Detail about the Schmorell soiree

It is also quite possible that I am partially confusing the meetings at Schmorell’s villa with the farewell party at Eickemeyer’s studio in terms of the political discussions there. I particularly can no longer say for certain whether questions or statements about passive resistance were made at the Schmorell meeting or at Eickemeyer’s. I can no longer recall details of the political debates. In any case, political discussions as I described during my first interrogation were held. Continue reading

Production of first leaflet

The draft of the leaflets – as well as their implementation and mailing – originated with me. I carried out this work in the little room at Athener Platz 4, where I resided at the time. At that time, I was living alone, i.e., my sister was not yet studying in Munich. Continue reading

Purchase of first duplicating machine

So that we could produce large quantities of the “White Rose” leaflet, I purchased a duplicating machine in [a store on] Sendlinger Str. (I believe it was Baierl Company) in the summer of 1942. I took it to my residence, where we – Scholl and I – together produced about 100 copies. We rather randomly copied out addresses from telephone and other directories and distributed our leaflet by mail. Continue reading