Maria Lösch-Berrsche’s statement

Secret State Police [Gestapo] – Munich, February 20, 1943

State Police Headquarters Munich
II A (Sdkdo) [Special commission]

The Writer’s Widow

Maria Lösch-Berrsche

Nee Liebel, born November 30, 1898 in Finstingen/Lorraine, Catholic, RD, residing here in the Mandl Str. 1/I, made the following statement upon interrogation:

“To the best of my knowledge, the student Hans Scholl, single, occupied a rented room in my house for approximately 14 days at the end of May or beginning of June 1942. During this time he received few of the visitors who called on him, since in most cases his sister was with him. Scholl always deported himself well and there was no cause for complaint. I rarely spoke with him. We had no political conversations whatever. I am therefore unqualified to give any information about his political leanings. With regards to his conduct, I can only provide him with the highest possible character reference.

“His sister (Sophie Scholl) occupied the same room from I believe it was the end of June 1942 to the beginning of semester break. Sophie Scholl was usually in her room only during the evening hours. She often read [books] and only occasionally received visitors. I do not know who these visitors were, because I did not care about it. I believe her visitors were usually female friends. She occasionally made telephone calls from my residence, but I do not know with whom she spoke as I always left the room when she placed her calls. We never discussed the events of the war or politics. On one occasion during a conversation with Scholl, I could conclude that she and her brother were not members of the NSDAP. But none of our conversations ever led me to believe that the two of them were not on good terms with the Party or the current regime. Miss Scholl made the best of all possible impressions on me – she was very quiet, decorous, and courteous. In this regards, I can only provide her with the highest possible character reference.

“I did not make any observations that would have aroused my suspicions that they could possibly be working against the current regime.”

Recorded by: [Note 1]

/Signature: [Illegible] [Hermannsdörfer?]/


Note 1: Maria Lösch-Berrsche did not sign this statement, nor was there a place for her signature on the document.

Note 2: There is no record that she was ever similarly questioned about Willi and Anneliese Graf’s residence in her home.


Source: ZC13267 (19)

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