Hans Scholl sixth interrogation
Secret State Police [Gestapo] – Munich, February 21, 1943
State Police Headquarters Munich
II A Sondk./Ma [Special Commission/Mahler]
In a subsequent interrogation, the single male, medical student
Hans Fritz Scholl,
born on September 22, 1918 in Ingersheim, made the following statements:
After being shown a section of a postal money order, wherein the sum of 36 Marks [$288.00] was paid to Franz Baier Company in Munich, Sendlinger Str. 49, and after I have once again been admonished to tell the truth, I will now tell the whole truth with regards to the production and distribution of the leaflets “The White Rose”.
During my last interrogation, I explained that I produced and disseminated these documents alone. This is incorrect, because Schmorell was also helpful to me in this regards. I will now try to give a coherent portrayal of the matter:
We prepared the draft [of the text] while working together. I initiated this. Schmorell declared his willingness to work with me. I wrote the first leaflet. For the second leaflet, I wrote the first half, Schmorell wrote the second half, from where it begins, “But not with regards to the Jewish question…” For the third leaflet, I wrote the first half, down to the part that ends “higher and higher.” Schmorell wrote the rest. I wrote all of the fourth leaflet. We did not draw upon any other sources for our comments. I bought the duplicating machine (Greif brand) from Baier Company. It did not cost 32 Marks [$256.00], but rather 36 [$288.00].
We took the apparatus to Schmorell’s house. I could not say whether we carried it there together. I also could not say whether we both then took it to my room, or whether I did so alone. Regardless, the leaflets “The White Rose”, namely parts I through IV, were run off from time to time by both of us working together in Schmorell’s room. Schmorell borrowed the Remington brand typewriter from an acquaintance of his. I do not remember exactly who it was. But I think he once mentioned the name of a chemistry student with whom he is friends (Michl is his first name) who also lives in his neighborhood. The only thing I know about “Michl” – and even this is not exact – is that he was a classmate of Schmorell. I’ve only seen him at Schmorell’s house once, and that briefly. I would not know him today if I saw him.
Schmorell procured the approximately 400 pieces of paper that were needed for the leaflets, as well as the envelopes and postage stamps. We made the copies together. We also typed the addresses together, taking turns using the Remington typewriter in question. We took the addresses out of the Schmorell’s
address telephone book (his father’s). I think this was the 1942 telephone directory. I assume this was so, because Schmorell always had the most current edition. We mailed the leaflets from various post offices. Alexander Schmorell’s family never noticed what we were doing. None of his family ever entered his room while we were working.
When I am accused of having any sort of connection to the producers and distributors of the leaflet “Fundamental Command” dated January 11, 1940, published by “The Führer’s Proxy On A Secret Mission in Obersalzberg on February 24, 1942”, I have the following explanation to give: I do not know anything about this matter, nor have I ever heard of it. I cannot think who may possibly be behind it.
Recorded by: /Signature: Mahler/
Read and signed by: /Signature: Hans Scholl/
Present: /Signature: [Illegible]/ Crim. Secr. P. Ass.
Source: ZC13267 (150 – 151)