Unsere Besten

Our Best. It’s the title that the youth of Germany have given to Sophie Scholl, one of the largely unsung (outside of Germany) giants of the 20th century: Sophie Scholl. If you have not gotten to know her, you should. Eternal light, grant her, O Lord. Her story makes me proud–and ashamed–to belong to the human race. Like the story of the Passion.

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  • SDG

    This is a great film about a great human being.

    As I wrote in my review, “Not for all the world would I want to go through what Sophie’s parents do; but I hope and pray to see my children grow up into young adults not unlike Sophie Scholl.”

  • SDG

    P.S. Although Sophie and her brother Hans died Lutherans, they were both profoundly influenced by Catholicism, in part through the moral heroism of their Catholic co-conspirator Christoph Probst, and asked to be received into the Catholic Church on the day of their executions. However, they were dissuaded by their Lutheran pastor who convinced them that their parents were suffering enough losing their children, and conversion would hurt the parents more.

    Sophie’s eloquent defense of conscience in the film owes much to Blessed Cardinal Newman, whose thought was a significant influence on the Scholls.

    • I believe you, but do you have a source? I’ve done some amateur research into the Scholls and hadn’t run across that.

  • Bob

    I’ve seen the movie twice, and wouldn’t mind seeing it another couple of times. I couldn’t recommend it enough. They have a lovely use of Augustine in the movie too. There is also a book, with a collection of the white rose pamphlets: The White Rose. Munich. 1942-1943 by Inge Scholl, who is the sister of the two Scholls in the movie.

  • Ronald King

    “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”–Sophie Scholl at her execution. Mark, Thank you for posting this. Sadly, those who had more influence in the faith did not have the same strength of faith which she exemplified.