The Salzburg/Vienna trip

In conclusion, I would also like to state that I did not disseminate these leaflets solely in Munich, but also in other cities of the Reich. At the end of January 1943, I went from Munich to Salzburg with around 1500 “Leaflets of the Resistance Movement in Germany” which I had individually addressed in advance.

I mailed around 100 to 150 letters with the leaflets enclosed from the post office at the train station in Salzburg. I copied the addresses out of the out-of-town telephone directories in the Deutsches Museum. I chose the addresses completely randomly. [Note 1] What I have just stated with regards to the trip to Salzburg is not factual. I made this dishonest statement to cover for my friend Schmorell and my sister Sophie Scholl.

However, after I have been admonished with the fact that both of these people participated in the dissemination of my leaflets, I will now make a true statement.

At the end of January 1943 and at my request, Schmorell traveled to Salzburg, Linz, and Vienna with around 1500 leaflets of the “Resistance Movement in Germany.” He mailed the leaflets from mailboxes near the train stations in those 3 cities. The letters went out to around 100 persons in Linz, 100 to 150 persons in Salzburg, and around 1000 persons in Vienna. The remaining letters – around 250 – were sent to Frankfurt am Main from Vienna. We had addressed these letters in Munich. We jointly covered the travel expenses to Vienna, as well as the other expenditures for postage, paper, duplicating machine, etc.


Note 1: There is no paragraph break where he changes his story. Goes from denial to confession all in the same paragraph.


Source: Hans Scholl’s second interrogation, February 18, 1943 (after 4 a.m.)

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