Hans Scholl to Aachen?

Additionally, I do not know and do not believe that Hans Scholl would have visited my relatives in Aachen. I myself had nothing to do with such a visit.

It is incomprehensible to me how Scholl could have come up with the idea of jabbering about my relatives in Aachen. The additional statement that a maid or some other person passed the “White Rose” leaflet along to a coat-check girl so she could stick it in the pockets of theater-goers: I believe that is incorrect. I know nothing about that and expressly declare that back then, I sent only one copy of the “White Rose” leaflet to Aachen. [Note 1] …

I also do not believe that Hans Scholl went on any trips behind my back [Note 2]. My uncle Franz Monheim is a wealthy man. But he was not initiated into our plans and therefore it is out of the question that he could potentially be seen as a financier.

I am certain that I did not tell Hans Scholl anything about my uncle’s political leanings. I could not have done so, because I do not know what they are, because I have never had the opportunity to question my uncle along these lines. Therefore I know nothing [of the fact] that my relatives (Monheim) in Aachen exhibit [signs of] political opposition. When these people visited us in Munich, we almost never talked about politics. At home, I personally have guarded against speaking about my derogatory opinion of the State or my activities. That is why my parents had no idea about my criminal actions. If the informant repeatedly mentioned the city Bonn / Rhine, he probably meant to say Aachen. It was a simple mix-up.


Note 1: Alexander Schmorell evidently did not know that the Gestapo had a master list of all leaflets that had been turned over to the police. The Monheim family had received and turned in Leaflets 1, 2, 3, and 4, which had been posted on June 27, June 30, July 6, and July 12, 1942 respectively.

Note 2: It is unclear whether Hans Scholl actually took these trips, or whether they were smokescreens for other recruiting activities.


Source: March 18, 1943 interrogation of Alexander Schmorell

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