Die Weisse Rose (The White Rose), Movie by Michael Verhoeven

The White Rose

The White Rose, © Sentana Filmproduktion

12.07.2021 - Article

The White Rose is a film by German director Michael Verhoeven and was the most successful German cinema film of 1982. The movie portraits in documentary style the lives of the members of The White Rose resistance movement and focuses on a detailed reconstruction.

Movie plot:

Munich 1942. The student group White Rose, including the Scholl siblings, calls for resistance against Hitler and his regime with leaflets. At the risk of their lives, they take leaflets to other cities and write slogans like “Down with Hitler” on the walls of houses at night. As the noose of the Gestapo tightens around the students, they make contact with other resistance groups and even with high military officers. At the beginning of 1943, the Gestapo strikes. Hans and Sophie Scholl are arrested in the courtyard of Munich University. The People's Court under its chairman Freisler sentences them to death. The sentence is carried out on 22 February 1943.

In the end credits, the director points out that the death sentences of the People's Court were still legally valid at the time the film was completed. It was not until 1998 that the sentences of the People's Court were repealed by the Law on the Repeal of National Socialist Unjust Sentences in the Administration of Criminal Justice.

Watch the trailer here (in German language)


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