Scholl siblings’ confession

Despite uninterrupted interrogation, the two continued their denials till around 4 am. Only when Hans Scholl was shown an envelope from his desk in which there were 100 8-Pfennig stamps did he begin his confession. …

Scholl confessed that he and his sister had brought the leaflets to the university and scattered them there. Additionally, he confessed that he had drafted the texts of both leaflets, namely of “Resistance Movement Germany” and “Fellow Students!”. He said that he and he alone had duplicated the leaflets at his residence. He claims he produced 5000 of the first leaflet and 2000 of the second.

He likewise confessed that he and his friend Schmorell, also a member of the armed forces, scattered around 1500 leaflets of the Resistance Movement in Germany throughout Munich the night of January 28/29, 1943. He likewise confessed that he mailed these and other leaflets to various cities in southern Germany. His sister Sophie had mailed similar letters in Augsburg and Stuttgart, his friend Schmorell in Salzburg, Linz, and Vienna. Schmorell also mailed the letters to Frankfurt am Main from Vienna. They got the addresses from telephone directories that are available [to the public] in the Deutsches Museum. His long-time friend Graf, who is also a Sergeant (medic) helped him write the texts of the leaflets, as did Graf’s sister.

A shredded piece of paper containing handwriting was found in Scholl’s coat pocket. Though it was similar to his handwriting, the identity [of the writer] could not be determined. After additional remonstrance [Note 1] [from the interrogator], he confessed that he received this leaflet draft (of the vilest sort) from his friend Probst, a member of the Student Company with the Air Force in Innsbruck, born 1919, married, father of 3 children.


Note 1: The writer used the word Vorhalt instead of Vorhaltung, the former generally considered Swiss dialect, not German.


Source: Undated case summary

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