'I can recall only from my memory,' said Elisabeth, 'that we learned in the spring of 1942 of the arrest and execution of ten or twelve Communists in Pforzheim And my brother said: "It is time that in the name of civic and Christian courage something must be done."'My parents and we sisters, we knew nothing of their activities.
Apparently there was an agreement with other members of the circle that the families should be kept out of their activities. But it was getting dark and Sophie said: 'The night is our friend..."'Sophie knew the risks.
When the Nazis began their climb to power Hans and Sophie, remembers Elisabeth, were as enthusiastic as everyone else in the 'New Germany' about the movement which promised to restore the nation to greatness.'They joined the Hitler Youth,' she remembers, although for girls like Sophie it was the female wing called the German Girls League. 'They liked the feeling of belonging, but our father disapproved.Victim: Sophie Scholl, student at Munich University and a member of The White Rose, an anti-Nazi resistance movement, was found guilty for treason on February 22, 1943 and executed by guillotine on the same day Co-conspirators in the White Rose resistance group, Sophie, Hans and Christoph died because they distributed leaflets which chronicled Nazi crimes in Russia and the stunning defeat of the Germany Sixth Army at Stalingrad the previous month - the turning point of the Second World War.Fed with information from the battlefront in the Soviet Union by Sophie's boyfriend, career officer Fritz Hartnagel who she hoped to marry, the trio who had started off in Nazi Germany as firm supporters of the regime ended up despising it.'Professor Kurt Huber, Alexander Schmorell, Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, and others were also taken.I was not a member of the White Rose but several times I have been among the circle of friends which formed it.
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But I remember once going for a walk with Sophie in the English Garden in Munich when she pulled out a pencil.'"We must write something on a wall," she said. My husband, who at that time was with Sophie, often told me about a conversation in May 1942.Sophie asked him for a thousand marks but didn't want to give him the reason for wanting it.It was always "nothing personal - just because of the business."Fritz had already visited the family in prison. Now, he helped Elisabeth to get a job and, to fill the void left by the loss of Sophie, they began a romance that would lead to a long marriage and four sons.He knew no details, but knew that she had something illegal planned and warned her that resistance could cost both head and neck.
Her response: "I'm aware of that."' The fatal tome she and Hans threw down the stairwell of the university contained information from Fritz.
Elisabeth went on: 'In the letters home to Sophie he wrote about how horrified he was at the shooting of Jews.
Then there was the architect Manfred Eickemeyer who provided Hans with use of studio in Munich while he was in Poland.
There were many mosaics that made Hans and Sophie enemies of Hitler and the Third Reich. And in 1937 the Gestapo arrested my sister Inge and my brothers Hans and Werner because they continued their Youth League work even in the Hitler Youth.'She said she and her brothers and sisters - Sophie, Inge, Hans and Werner - were all close because they were all born to parents Robert and Magdalena within a few years. 'We had a largely happy childhood.'As time went on Sophie became increasingly disillusioned with the Nazis.
It just grew to be so,' she said.'First, we saw that one could no longer read what one wanted to, or sing certain songs. On the day before England declared war in 1939 I went with her for a walk along the Danube and I remember I said: "Hopefully there will be no war".