Christmas 1942, Monheim/Schmorell

Question: Do you know a director of Trumpf Chocolate Factory in the Rhineland and what connection you and Hans Scholl maintained with him?

Answer: This director is my uncle in Aachen named Franz Monheim. He is the owner of Trumpf Chocolate Factory there. Monheim’s wife is a sister of my stepmother Elisabeth Hoffmann. I myself have never been to Aachen to visit this family. In contrast, the Monheim family visited us repeatedly in Munich.

I know this family only from their visits. They are certainly not Jewish.

If the Monheim family (residing at Nizzaallee 46, Aachen) received a copy of the “White Rose” leaflet in the summer of 1942, then I was the person who sent it. I told Hans Scholl about this.

The last time Mrs. Ella Monheim came to visit us in Munich was over Christmas 1942. While she was here, she told us that she had received a treasonous leaflet in the summer of 1942 and that she herself had handed it over to the State Police, because she was not at all in agreement with its contents. Under the circumstances it is therefore understandable that I strictly avoided telling her that I had anything to do with the publication and distribution of this leaflet. In this manner, the existence of this leaflet did not instigate any additional conversations at our house.

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Source: March 18, 1943 interrogation of Alexander Schmorell

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