I wanted to meet a girlfriend there. This is Miss Gisela Schertling, residing in Munich, Lindwurm Street 13/Fourth Floor c/o Wertheimer. She is also a friend of my sister Sofie Scholl. The two of them were together in Labor Service. Continue reading
That evening, Hans came to me around 9 pm (sic) and spent the night with me. When he arrived, he apologized for coming so late.
We only had sex in my apartment. That was when Hans Scholl spent the night with me on one occasion and slept with me. That was the Tuesday before his arrest.
I was not with Scholls the last two evenings. I must correct that. Evening before last [February 16, 1943], Hans Scholl visited me. He stayed with me all night and slept on the couch that is in my room. Since it had gotten pretty late, he did not want to go home. Continue reading
I only know that Hans Scholl visited him [Josef Söhngen] often in his bookstore on Maximilianplatz and in his apartment. Hans did not tell me anything else about this acquaintance. Continue reading
He said he had been with the bookstore owner Söhngen. He had had to make amends with him, because he had not seen him in a while. He had drunk a bottle of wine with Söhngen, namely in his residence on Maximiliansplatz. Continue reading
I [Hans Scholl] put the duplicating machine in the basement about 5 days ago. It is easy to find the apparatus.
Source: Hans Scholl’s second interrogation, February 18, 1943 (after 4 a.m.)
We hid the duplicating machine (that my brother had purchased for purposes of duplicating the leaflets) in the studio of the artist Eyckemeir [sic], Leopold Str. 38, rear entrance, about 14 days or 3 weeks ago. Continue reading
Sophie and I left the studio around 6 pm. After that, I immediately went to my apartment, Lindwurm Str. 13, where I stayed all night.
After that, we went to Eickemeyer’s studio where we cleaned, because an exhibition of paintings was to be opening there [soon]. Continue reading
I did not receive any assignment to distribute the leaflets in any other manner. Hans Scholl did indeed tell me that the leaflets would be mailed and distributed at the University [of Munich] in the following days, but he did not additionally ask me to help him. Continue reading
On Tuesday, February 16, 1943, she [Gisela Schertling] and Sophie Scholl placed a larger number (around 50) [of these leaflets] in a mailbox belonging to the Reichspost at the corner of Franz Josef Str. and Leopold Str. Continue reading
She and Sophie Scholl mailed a number (about 50 pieces) of leaflets addressed to students (“Fellow Students”) on Tuesday, February 16, 1943 and therefore distributed them. Continue reading
I also knew that it would be completely useless and futile to try to convince Hans Scholl not to distribute the leaflets. Therefore I did not try to argue my viewpoint.
That is also why I did not object when Sophie Scholl took the leaflets to be mailed. When I helped her put the leaflets in the mailbox, I thought it simply had to take its course. I thought there was nothing else I could do. Continue reading
I must also admit that once Sophie Scholl and I mailed those kinds of leaflets in a mailbox at the corner of Leopold and Franz Joseph Streets. It was a lot, maybe 50. Sophie Scholl was carrying the leaflets in a briefcase. The leaflets about half-filled the briefcase. Continue reading
Sophie Scholl and I mailed a larger number of these kinds of leaflets in a mailbox at the corner of Franz Josef and Leopold Str. I did not count the leaflets. There may have been 20 (sic). It was a handful.
I did not count them.
Sophie and I left the apartment around 3 pm without telling Hans we were leaving. On that occasion, Sophie took along the briefcase with the leaflets. About half an hour later, we deposited them in the mailbox on Leopold Str. Continue reading
She additionally admits that she helped Hans Scholl hide the leaflets in the desk, and that on the following Monday (sic) she and Sophie Scholl placed around 50 leaflets in a mailbox. In so doing, she knew that they were treasonous and seditious leaflets. Continue reading
Hans Scholl showed up again that day around 1 pm.
Once we were back at the apartment, Hans Scholl called us. He said he wanted to look me up at my apartment on Lindwurm Str. because he had needed to get some money from me for a trip to Stuttgart. But since he no longer could catch that train, he would come back to the apartment on Franz Josef Str. Continue reading
We [Sophie and Gisela] then went back to Franz Josef Str. together. Afterwards, we ate lunch at an inn [Gaststätte] on Hohenzollern Str. Continue reading
Schmauβ: On February 16, 1943, several hundred treasonous leaflets with the title “Fellow Students!” were mailed from several post offices in Munich as so-called “bulk mail” or as regular post. In several of these mailings, the leaflet named above was accompanied by another of the “Resistance Movement”. Continue reading
Mahler: On February 16, 1943, approx. 1200 leaflets [entitled] “Fellow Students!” were mailed to persons living in Munich. Of these, approximately 800 have been seized to date. In the following days, there were some more individual mailings [of this leaflet].
Source: ZC13267, Mahler’s report dated February 19, 1943.
[Karl Pötzl]: As far as I know, Schmorell borrowed the typewriter for the last time about 8 days before he was arrested; he got it from my 16-year-old brother Hermann Pötzl. My younger brother told me that he came around the time I have stated and borrowed the typewriter without giving a reason for needing it.
Note 1: The date (“about 8 days before he was arrested”) ties to the activities of the White Rose group as detailed by Willi Graf’s diary and Gisela Schertling’s interrogations.
When we were finished duplicating our leaflets, we took the duplicating machine to the property Leopold Str. 38, studio, cellar, purely out of security considerations. Hans Scholl /added by hand: and/ I carried this out. In so doing, we were in agreement that production of leaflets would be only temporarily suspended and that should the appropriate occasion arise, we would do it again. Continue reading
On Tuesday, I once again met Sophie Scholl at the university.
After the leaflets were mailed, there were still some leaflets left over. It is possible there were 1,500 – 1,800 leaflets. To be rid of these, Scholl and I agreed to set out the rest of the leaflets at the university in front of the doors to the lecture halls shortly before lectures ended. This idea came from either Scholl or me. In any case, we were temporarily in agreement about this plan. Neither Sofie Scholl nor Graf was present during this discussion. I cannot say whether Hans Scholl possibly told Willi Graf about our plan later. Continue reading
As I have already stated, Scholl and I spoke a day or two earlier about setting out the remaining leaflets, perhaps at the University of Munich. We did not make any more specific plans regarding when this was to take place or who should carry it out. Continue reading