Reasons for Gisela Schertling’s arrest

Secret State Police [Gestapo]
State Police Headquarters Munich
Brienner Str. 50
Tel: 28341-45

Vol. No. 13226-43 II A Sond. [Special Commission]
Munich, April 5, 1943
Please cite reference and date in all responses

/Stamp: ARREST!/

Regarding: Matter of high treason Scholl.

Previous correspondence: People’s Court File No. 1H 47/43.

I. Gisela Schertling has been determined to be a participant in the above-mentioned matter of high treason. She was the lover [Note 1] of Hans Scholl, [and she is a] single student of philology, citizen of the Reich, born February 9, 1922 in Pössneck / Thuringia, last residing in Munich, Lindwurm Str. 13/III c/o Wertheimer.

Schertling admitted that on the occasion of a visit with Hans Scholl on February 12, 1943, she saw a copy of the leaflet “Fellow Students” in Hans Scholl’s room immediately after it had been printed. After she read the leaflet, she was initiated into his highly treasonous operations and intentions. Afterwards, Schertling helped Hans Scholl store these leaflets in his desk.

On Tuesday, February 16, 1943, she 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.

II. With 1 set of files and 1 re-transfer order with simultaneous transfer of Gisela Schertling to the investigative judge with the district court in Munich, with the request for resolution of the matter of arrest.

Reference is made to the transfer document dated March 23, 1943.

Signed for /Signed: Strenker/


Note 1: Geliebte.

Editor’s note: Strenker was one of the highest-ranking Gestapo agents involved with this case (outranked Munich Gestapo Chief Schaefer). For him to be involved with Gisela Schertling’s case belies the importance placed upon her and her testimony by the Gestapo.


Source: Schertling/Schüddekopf (70)

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