Bischoff’s view of Leaflet IV

The “White Rose” Leaflet No. IV occupied itself with the progress of the war. It postulated that German successes had evoked consternation and pessimism among Hitler’s opponents in Germany, “therefore among the better part of the nation.”

But the German victories were purchased at a high price. Thousands fell daily in Russia. Hitler supposedly was lying to those from whom he had stolen their most precious possession and driven them to a senseless death.

For a Christian, there could be no procrastination in making the decision [to resist] in the hopes that someone else would take up arms. Rather, one had to attack the Evil One where it was most powerful, namely in the power of Hitler.

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Source: Indictment dated April 8, 1943

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