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Germany marks 100th birthday of anti-Nazi resistance martyr Sophie Scholl

GERMANY commemorated the 100th birthday of anti-fascist martyr Sophie Scholl today.

An open-air play about Scholl’s life was performed in Munich, the city where the White Rose resistance group she worked in distributed anti-Nazi leaflets.

She and her comrades were arrested after scattering leaflets from a balcony at Munich University in 1943. Though Gestapo interrogator Robert Mohr initially thought she was not involved, she admitted her responsibility to shield others from a possible investigation.

Scholl, her brother Hans and fellow resistance activist Christoph Probst were executed on February 22 that year. She was 21.

She famously said before her execution by guillotine: “Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go … what does my death matter if, through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”

Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder said that Scholl had “sacrificed this life for freedom, for her conscience.” 

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