Sophie Scholl: “Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone”

This really demonstrates the way things happen in the world. It is very revealing and salutary. Stand up for what you believe in!

Between Truth and Hope

Sophie Scholl portrait

Some days ago, I saw a very interesting theater play: “Sophie and me”, written by the Austrian author Ursula Kohlerts. The story is about a fictional friendship between the two German women Sophie School and Traudl Junge. Both of them have lived under the Nazi regime, but had never met each other in reality. The play brings them together to ask the audience the important question: What would you do?
The women get to know each other as young girls at a “Bund deutscher Mädchen” (League of the German girls) camp and become best friends. The following scenes show how both characters will develop in very different ways.

Traudl Junge

As a young girl, Traudl wants to become a singer and perform on many stages around the world. But after the war breaks out, she is not allowed to pursue her dream. Instead, she becomes a secretary for the NSDAP. Later on, she will become Hitler’s youngest secretary and type…

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2 thoughts on “Sophie Scholl: “Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone”

  1. I doubt very much if it’s a fair reflection of Scholl to be paired with Junge and would sincerely hope that the belief of anything ‘salutary’ concerning this fantasy is wholly aimed at only Scholl.
    Junge knew exactly what she was doing. At the beginning she may well have had little interest in politics, but she was centre-bound for over two years and even married an SS officer.
    Nazi administrative prefix coding readily determined what documents arrived at her desk and those that left it. She knew exactly what was going on, yet lied that she didn’t, and being a full blown Hitler sycophantic acolyte hung in there like a bad smell. She worshiped him with every morsel of herself and had opportunity to leave the Berlin bunker much sooner but opted to stay to the bitter end. Her filmed interviews confirm this.
    She was lucky she wasn’t hanged or at least committed to prison for any length of time other than just the short spells with both the Russians and Americans for debriefing.
    Australia refused her emigration.

    • I think you are right. She knew exactly what she was doing. I think that it was the contrast that appealed to me. How two people could react to the same situation in so very different ways.

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