Hans Scholl (Hans Fritz Scholl)

Hans Scholl

Hans Scholl was born in Ingersheim (now a part of Crailsheim, Baden-Württemberg). In 1933 he joined the Hitler Youth, but quickly became disillusioned when he realised the true meaning behind the group. He was raised as a Lutheran, although he did at one point consider converting to Catholicism. After this, Hans Scholl studied in the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Medizin (medicine). In the early summer of 1942, Hans Scholl, his sister Sophie, Willi Graf, Kurt Huber, Christoph Probst, and Alexander Schmorell co-authored six anti-Nazi Third Reich political resistance leaflets. Calling themselves the White Rose, they instructed Germans to practice nonviolent resistance against the Nazis. The group had been horrified by the behavior of some German soldiers on the Eastern Front, where they had witnessed cruelty towards Jews in Poland and Russia. The leaflets were distributed around the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, where they studied, and the University of Hamburg. They also mailed the leaflets to doctors, scholars, and pub owners throughout Germany.

On 18 February 1943, Hans and Sophie were spotted by a custodian while throwing leaflets from the atrium at Ludwig Maximilians University. They were arrested by the Gestapo and, with Probst, tried for treason by Judge Roland Freisler, found guilty, and condemned to death on 22 February. Hans Scholl and Sophie Scholl and Christopher Probst were beheaded by Johann Reichhart in Munich’s Stadelheim Prison, only a few hours later. The execution was supervised by Dr. Walter Roemer, the enforcement chief of the Munich district court. Scholl’s last words were “Es lebe die Freiheit!” (“Long live freedom!”). Shortly thereafter, most of the other students involved were arrested and executed as well.

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Born

  • September, 22, 1918
  • Ingersheim, Germany

Died

  • February, 22, 1943
  • Munich, Germany

Cause of Death

  • execution by beheading

Cemetery

  • Friedhof am Perlacher Forst
  • Munich, Germany

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