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Every day for #WomensHistoryMonth I will post about a woman in history who fought for the lives of others without regard for what might happen to them. These women may not be familiar names. I hope this simple gesture will bring attention to their lives and stories. 1/9
Today, I am highlighting Sophie Scholl.
Scholl was a German college student in the early 1940's who studied biology and philosophy in Munich. A devout Lutheran, many of her letters were found to have extensive reference to her faith. In her time at the University of Munich 2/9
Sophie discovered a pamphlet called "White Rose". In the pamphlet, the authors (one of whom was her brother) described horrors of German soldiers executing POWs in mass graves and mass killings of Jews- a very different reality than the one being painted by the German press 3/9
Inspired by the courage of the writings, Sophie joined the White Rose to contribute as an author, facilitate distribution, and encourage German citizens to passively resist Nazis. As a woman, she was doubly valuable to the group as she was less likely to be stopped by the SS 4/9
In the midst of distributing the sixth edition of the White Rose, Sophie and all other core members were arrested on the University of Munich campus. During their very brief trial, no testimony was allowed by the accused except one statement from Sophie 5/9
"Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare express themselves as we did."

Condemned to death, Sophie had one more thing to say as she was walked to the guillotine on Feb 22, 1943 6/9
"How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause?Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?"7/9
Sophie Scholl was 21 years-old the day she died. The sixth pamphlet which she was arrested for distributing was smuggled out of Germany to Allied Forces. Allies retitled the paper "The Manifesto of the Students of Munich" and dropped millions of copies over Germany 8/9
Today, Germans who know Sophie's story regard her as one of the greatest women of the twentieth century. May her legacy live on to inspire every woman...and every man...to recognize their own courage and conviction. 9/9
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