Sophie Scholl Munich question

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Since this question was answered I've completed a two-page story about Sophie Scholl and the White Rose. The first page here looks at the movement its main members. The second page here has a suggested route for a self-guided walking tour you can make in Munich to learn more and pay tribute to the group.


On March 24, 2010 Linda from the United States asked:

My husband and I will be traveling to Munich on May 9 this year to visit there with our college-age son.

We are wondering if there is a museum of any sort depicting the events of Sophie Scholl's life and death, which we learned about from a great German movie made in 2005 called Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. It impressed us deeply.

Sophie Magdalena Scholl (9 May 1921 – 22 February 1943) was a German student, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. We would like to see whatever there may be concerning Sophie and her brother Hans.

Do you know of any memorial place or museum in Munich featuring these two young German patriots?


REMEMBER: The pavement memorial outside the LMU entrance.

Hi Linda, thanks for your question.

I was also moved when I first saw the film Sophie Scholl: The Last Days and was eager to follow up on a bit of the history of it after I moved to Germany.
The story of Hans and Sophie Scholl and the White Rose (Weiße Rose) non-violent resistance movement during World War Two
is an important part of Munich's war history.
There are indeed a couple of sites you can visit make a kind of pilgrimage to the White Rose.

Here’s a list of them:

LMU (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) Univeristy
This is the university which Hans and Sophie attended during the war, and where they were arrested for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets in 1943. I’ve written about it here, and here is a few more details.
The university’s central square on Ludwig Strasse is, indeed, named after the Scholls as Geschwister-Scholl-Platz (Sibling Scholl Square).
Near the university entrance on the left hand side of Ludwig Strasse is a kind of pavement memorial featuring letters and pictures from members of the White Rose.

Step through the main entrance and you’re in the atrium. Look up to the top floor from where Sophie flung the leaflets leading to the arrest and execution of her and other White Rose members.
There’s also a bust of Sophie Scholl in the corner of the atrium, and wander down the steps on the right to see the Denkstätte Weiße Rose (White Rose Museum).
Again, see my main LMU page here for more details.

Former house
Just north of the university at Franz-Joseph-Strasse 13 is the building where Hans and Sophie Scholl lived when they were studying. There’s a wall plaque in their honour.

Park memorial
There’s another memorial to the White Rose engraved into a slab of marble in the Hofgarten (Royal Garden) near Odeonsplatz.

Palace of Justice (Justizpalast)
This imposing gothic building in the city centre at Karlsplatz-Stachus is where the Scholls had their show "trial" before their executions.

Munich City Museum (Münchener Stadtmuseum)
For a broader insight into the Third Reich in Munich visit the Munich City Museum’s excellent documentation centre on called National Socialism in Munich.

Here's a map of the sites connected to the White Rose movement mentioned on this page.
Please let me know if you enjoyed this response.
Hope it gives you a few good ideas and enjoy your trip to Munich!

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