I did not learn until the end of March 1943 that the Scholl siblings were caught as they distributed seditious leaflets at the University of Munich in February 1943 and that they were condemned. [At that time], I had come to Munich on business. … Continue reading
I returned to Munich only at the end of March 1943. I cannot say what happened in my studio – for which Geyer had the keys and entered and exited the studio with my permission – during my absence.
Secret State Police [Gestapo] – Munich, February 21, 1943
State Police Headquarters Munich
Vol. No. 13226/43 II A-Skdo/Gei. [Special Commission/Geith]
Report of Search. Continue reading
During the course of the interrogation, the accused Scholls admitted that several objects used in the publication of the leaflets were stored in the basement of the studio of the architect Eichemeier [sic]. …
On February 19, 1943, an immediate search of the location described by the accused Sofie Scholl turned up a set of keys. Following that, the undersigned carried out a search of the studio and all its rooms. In the studio proper, no evidence turned up. The following evidence was found in a corner of the basement, hidden by boxes and other objects. Continue reading
On the occasion of their apprehension in the university, Sofie Scholl hid the key to this storage in the upholstery of an ottoman in Room 238 of the university.
Note: As best as we could determine, Room 238 was possibly the women’s restroom. If anyone has better information, please post!
Source: ZC13267, Geith’s memorandum dated February 21, 1943
I [Hans Scholl] put the duplicating machine in the basement about 5 days ago. It is easy to find the apparatus.
Source: Hans Scholl’s second interrogation, February 18, 1943 (after 4 a.m.)
We hid the duplicating machine (that my brother had purchased for purposes of duplicating the leaflets) in the studio of the artist Eyckemeir [sic], Leopold Str. 38, rear entrance, about 14 days or 3 weeks ago. Continue reading
Sophie and I left the studio around 6 pm. After that, I immediately went to my apartment, Lindwurm Str. 13, where I stayed all night.
After that, we went to Eickemeyer’s studio where we cleaned, because an exhibition of paintings was to be opening there [soon]. Continue reading
Immediately after lunch, Schmorell joined us. He stayed about an hour, and then he left with Hans Scholl. Sophie told me they were going back to Eickemeyer’s studio. Continue reading
It also appeared suspicious to me when Hans and Sophie Scholl went to Eickemeyer’s studio on the Monday of the week they were arrested. Sophie Scholl told me they worked there that morning. They did not tell me what they were working on.
After that, Hans and Sophie Scholl left the apartment together. Sophie had told me beforehand that they were going to Eickemeyer’s studio where they had something to do. They did not tell me what they were doing.
Once I saw Hans Scholl leave with the rucksack. However, I do not know what he was hiding in it. On that occasion, Hans Scholl additionally took the portable typewriter with him. Schmorell also left with Hans Scholl. I saw that the rucksack was fairly full, but I could not tell what it contained. I was not present when they packed it. Continue reading
I met Geyer a second time when I went to his exhibit at Eickemeyer’s studio. On that occasion, no one from the Scholl circle was present in Eickemeyer’s studio.
I am alarmed by the revelation that Hans Scholl misused my kindness to Geyer in such a rude fashion. In no case did I ever give Geyer or Scholl or any other person permission to take green enamel paint from my studio (which Hans Scholl, Alexander Schmorell, and Willi Graf used to paint the slogan “Down with Hitler!”) or to store other objects for the production of their seditious leaflets in my basement. Continue reading
Schmorell Alexander, Graf Willi, Geier [Note 1] from Ulm, Furtmeier from Munich, Christoph Probst, Professor Huber, Falk Harnack, Traute Lafrenz, Karin [sic] Schüddekopf, Jäger [Note 1] [sic] from Munich, Otto Aicher from Ulm, Eickemayr [Note 1][sic], Bäuerle or Feuerle from Ulm (work colleague of Geyer). Continue reading
Söhngen, bookstore owner from Munich, was present only once in Eickemeyer’s studio, on the occasion of Theodor Haecker’s reading. I do not know whether he spoke to Hans Scholl on that occasion. Continue reading
I actually never got to know Anneliese Graf well. I saw her only twice in Eickemeyer’s studio. From her conversations with Hans Scholl, I could not tell whether they had a close relationship [Note 1]. But I do not think that she had any connection to the matter. Continue reading
I met Graf on the occasion of the evening at Schmorell’s. I never came into closer contact with him. As far as I could tell, he reacted to the political debates very passively. I only met him on the evening at Schmorell’s and Eickemeyer’s. Lafrenz told me that Graf is a good friend of Scholl and often associated with him in his residence. Continue reading
I have already said that I saw Dohrn (Christoph Probst’s father-in-law) only in Eickemeyer’s studio. That was on three specific evenings. One was when Theodor Haecker read aloud, and twice at other meetings. Continue reading
At the end of January, Hans Scholl and I came up with the idea of reinforcing our treasonous propaganda by painting “Down with Hitler!” and “Freedom!” [Note 1]. For this purpose, I prepared a template “Down with Hitler!” in my residence. I brought this to Scholl, so we could use it in the ensuing nights. I bought a can of tar-based paint at a specialty store (I believe it was Finster and Meissner) near the Hofbräuhaus. We took the green paint from Eickemair’s [sic] studio; he knows nothing about any of this. We were also able to take the paint brushes from the studio. Continue reading
The extent of Schmorell’s association with Hans Scholl is surely well enough known by now. I saw him with Scholl very often. He probably worked at Scholl’s apartment. Continue reading
Question: When we searched the rooms of Eickemeyer’s studio, or rather its basement, we found among other things a template used to write the words “Down with Hitler.” In addition, we found 1 pair of gloves, paint, and paint brushes etc. What do you know about the procurement of the template and accessories and their use? Continue reading
Probst’s father-in-law Mr. Dohrn was not in Scholl’s apartment on Franz Joseph Strasse, but rather in Eickemeyer’s studio on Leopold Str. As I recall, I saw him there twice. I had the impression that the meeting had been arranged with Hans Scholl. Continue reading
Furtwängler was only in Scholl’s apartment (sic [Note 1]) on two occasions. On those occasions, Schmorell, Sophie Scholl, Geyer, Christoph Probst’s father-in-law [Harald Dohrn], and I were also present. I noticed from the conversations that this circle in general (with the possible exception of Furtwängler) was very negative towards the State. Continue reading
To the remonstrance that Christoph Probst’s father-in-law Mr. Dohrn was repeatedly at Hans Scholl’s [apartment] while I was there: I can say that I recall that I met Mr. Dohrn twice in Eickemeyer’s studio. Christoph Probst likely introduced him there. During the meeting, I could tell that Mr. Dohrn had the same literary interests as Hans Scholl. It is possible that political matters were discussed on this occasion. Continue reading
I know that Gisela Schertling was in Hans Scholl’s apartment nearly every day. She participated in general conversations during which politics possibly was discussed. But we always avoided talking about our illegal activity in her presence, such as the publication of leaflets, graffiti, etc. Continue reading
Schüddekopf was in Scholl’s apartment only once while I was there. She brought a book back to him. At that time, she stayed in his room only about 10 minutes. Continue reading
Then I borrowed a typewriter, that Alexander Schmorell procured for me. I do not know from whom Schmorell got this typewriter. It was a portable Remington typewriter with a collapsible type-guard. Continue reading
I saw Traute Lafrenz in Scholl’s apartment twice, and likewise in Eickemeyer’s studio twice. Continue reading
I did not know Mr. Geyer very well. Of course I saw him in Scholl’s apartment often, where he also took part in political discussions. I also visited him a couple of times at his studio. There I met a student named Feuerle. I met him [Feuerle] there only once. I cannot recall whether politics was ever discussed in his [Feuerle’s] presence. Continue reading
The current resident [of Eickemeyer’s studio] is the artist Wilhelm Geyer.
He is from Ulm, currently working here creating stained glass windows for the Mayer Company. Geyer knows absolutely nothing about this entire matter. He goes home every Sunday through Tuesday and leaves me his apartment and basement key while he is away. Continue reading
This [duplicating] machine is located in my friend’s basement. My friend’s name is Eickemayr [sic] Manfred.
This is in Munich, Leopold Street 38 / Studio Building. He [M.E.] has been in Cracow since Christmas 1942 (sic) working as an architect for the provincial government.
Source: Hans Scholl’s second interrogation, February 18, 1943 (after 4 a.m.)
Only at the beginning of January 1943 when I met Wilhelm Geyer and after Hans Scholl had asked that I make my studio available to Geyer for the remainder of his local work (approximately 8 weeks) was there even the possibility that besides me and Mr. Mayer the janitor a third party could enter my studio. Continue reading
Finally Hans Scholl approached me about allowing Geyer to use the studio during my absence, since Geyer has a large family and in the moment he is working in Munich. When I agreed, Geyer came to the studio. Continue reading
A few days later, I visited the Scholl siblings in their apartment, that is, I reciprocated Hans Scholl’s visit. During both of these visits, political topics were not even touched upon, and in particular the measures taken by the current regime were not criticized. Continue reading
Eickemeyer is the owner of the studio by the same name on Leopold Str. I met him at the beginning of January when Hans Scholl invited me to his residence.
I believe it was after New Year’s 1943 that I visited the Scholl siblings in their apartment at Franz Josef Str. 13. I must also add that also during this visit, I noticed nothing that would make me believe the studio had been used without my permission. Additionally I must amend my statement to say that I did not visit the Scholl siblings in their apartment; rather Hans Scholl called on me in my studio at the beginning of January.
Around Christmas 1942, Schertling attended concerts with Hans Scholl. On January 6, 1943 following one such event and a [subsequent] visit to the residence of the artist Eickemeyer, she went home with him to his apartment on Franz Joseph Str.
Source: April 5, 1943 Gestapo memorandum
After that [concert], we went to Eickemeyer’s [studio] on Leopold Str.