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

Hans Scholl and the suitcase

Question and Remonstrance: There is reason to believe that you brought the leaflets to the university in the suitcase and threw them from the third floor into the Lichthof. Do you not wish to make a true statement before long?

Answer: It is not true that I brought the leaflets to the university in my suitcase and threw them from the third floor into the Lichthof. I hereby expressly state that I alone carried this suitcase from my apartment till I was apprehended by Schmied.


Source: Hans Scholl’s second interrogation, February 18, 1943 (after 4 a.m.)