Metternich – temporary custody

On February 18, 1943 around 11 am [Note 1], I along with KS Ammer was responsible for transporting the prisoner named Scholl from the university to the police station. Directly in front of the entrance to the university, Scholl suddenly turned to his right and said to a man something along the lines of: “Tell him I won’t be coming home this evening!” Continue reading

Immediate aftermath of arrests (Alexander Schmorell)

Now I will return to February 18, 1943, when Hans Scholl was taken into custody at the university for suspicion of distributing treasonous leaflets.

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

Schmauβ re Gestapo arrest of Scholls

Schmauβ: The University of Munich’s Chief Privy Councilor Hefner immediately advised the State Police Headquarters in Munich of this incident. They immediately occupied the university building (which had been sealed off in the meantime), together with a large number of municipal police officials. Several hundred leaflets with the inscriptions “Fellow Students!” or “German Students” were seized in the university building. Continue reading

Schmid’s apprehension of Hans and Sophie Scholl

As I made my usual rounds throughout the university buildings today, February 18, 1943 around 11:15 am, and in so doing went down the stairs of the Lichthof [Note 1], I saw that a large amount of paper had been thrown from the Lichthof platform on the third floor [Note 2]. From where I stood, I could not see the place the paper was thrown from. But it was equally impossible for whoever was in the third floor hallway to see me without further ado. Continue reading


Statement made by Jakob Schmid on February 18, 1943:

I took them [Note 1] to the property management office. Together with the supervisor, Secr. Scheidhammer, I led the detainees to the legal representative/trustee, RR Hefner, who informed the police. The detectives frisked the students whom I had detained. In so doing, they found several leaflets (folded) in the pockets of the male student. They secured these. In addition, I had observed that the male student had dropped several scraps of paper on the floor, or rather that he tried to drop the paper so it mingled with other papers in the room. Continue reading

Hans Scholl revised story re Schmid

I had hardly finished doing so when I observed that the janitor was trying to follow us up to the third floor [German second floor]. And indeed, my sister and I were only a few meters away from the spot where I had thrown the leaflets before this man came up to us, declared that we were under arrest, and told us to our face that we had just thrown leaflets into the Lichthof. Continue reading

Schmauβ re Schmid

Schmauβ: On February 18, 1943 around 11:15 am, Jakob Schmid, who resides at Türken Str. 33/I and is the maintenance man employed by the University of Munich, was making his rounds. He noticed that a large quantity of leaflets were thrown off the third floor platform of the university’s Lichthof. Schmid immediately made his way to the place in question and determined that the student Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie Scholl were the presumptive perpetrators, since no one else was nearby. Continue reading

Sophie Scholl’s revised story

Question: Due to the circumstances under which you were apprehended in the university, you and your brother are currently under strong suspicion of having brought the leaflets in question into the university inside the suitcase and distributed them there. There are a number of circumstances that justify this suspicion. I hereby strongly advise you to tell the unqualified truth specifically with regards to this question, without consideration of contingent minor details. Continue reading

Scholl encounter with Willi Graf and Traute Lafrenz

Question: Did you meet anyone you knew on the way from your apartment to the university?

Answer: I did not meet anyone on the way, but directly in front of the entrance to the university on Ludwig Street, I met the medical student Willi Graf (resides at Mandl Str. 1 c/o Bersche [sic]) and the medical student Traude [sic] Lafrenz, residence unknown. Continue reading

Willi Graf leaves class early

I had to leave the lecture about 10:50 am, because I had to be in the neurology clinic on Nussbaum Street by 11:15 am. I did not see the Scholl siblings when I left the university. If I had encountered them, it would not have escaped my notice, because it is not often that people enter the university carrying a suitcase.


Source: Fourth interrogation of Willi Graf, February 26, 1943