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Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) was a German activist who is famous for speaking out against the Nazi regime. Scholl was a member of a protest group called The White Rose, which was formed by her brother Hans, and some of his university friends. The group mainly consisted of students in their early twenties who were fed up with the totalitarian rule of the government. The Nazis controlled every aspect of society – the media, police, military, judiciary system, communication system, all levels of education and all cultural and religious institutions. The White Rose distributed leaflets urging their fellow Germans to oppose the regime through non-violent resistance.
On 22nd February 1943, after the release of the sixth White Rose leaflet, Sophie, Hans and fellow member Christoph Probst were arrested by the Gestapo and convicted of treason. They were executed that same day by guillotine. Sophie was 21 years old. [from Zen Pencils]
– For more on Sophie Scholl’s badassery, check out the film Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. The movie follows the last six days of Sophie Scholl, a peaceful revolutionary in Nazi Germany who was executed for her “crimes.” You can see the trailer here, and (probably for a limited amount of time) you can watch the entire movie on YouTube here.