With You There Is Light

Historical Context, Notes on Readings and Excerpts from

Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel's True Story

With Y ou There Is Light Based on the True Story about Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel

Sophie Scholl, German resistance figure

By Alexandra Lehmann | May 9, 2019

Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) was born on May 9. She would be 98 today.

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Sophie Scholl’s Show Trial

By Alexandra Lehmann | Feb 22, 2019

Justizpalast, Munich Germany, Site of Scholl and Probst Trial, 2/22/43 “What we wrote and said is what you all think too! Only you don’t have the courage to say it out loud!”  The below excerpt from “With You There Is Light” is a dramatic interpretation of the Scholl siblings’ and Christoph Probst trial. Because the…

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December 1941

Sophie Scholl, Diary Entry December 1941

By Alexandra Lehmann | Dec 20, 2018

The following passage is an excerpt from “With You There Is Light: Based on the True Story about Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel.”  Medical students at the University of Munich, Hans Scholl and Traute LaFrenz, met up with Sophie Scholl and together went skiing in Coburg, Bavaria. Sophie’s quote as expressed below is an actual…

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Use of the Word “Resistance” in Campaigning

By Alexandra Lehmann | Nov 5, 2018

          Appropriating World War II Language for 2018 U.S. Mid Term Elections We need a leader, not a movement. – Candidate for Governor of the State of Connecticut When I began reading Sophie Scholl’s story to audiences during my book tour this year, I wanted to educate people  about using the…

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New Brunswick Theological Seminary Gardner A. Sage

New Brunswick Theological Seminary Exhibition To Highlight “The Spirit in the Struggle against Nazism”

By Alexandra Lehmann | Sep 18, 2018

October 3, 2018
7 p.m.
Lecture & Exhibition
The Spirit in the Struggle against Nazism”
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
New Jersey

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Sophie Scholl interrogated here after her arrest, February 1943

Translation of Sophie Scholl’s Gestapo Interrogation Notes

By Alexandra Lehmann | Mar 30, 2018

Fortsetzung der Vernehmung der Beschuldigten Munich, February 20, 1943 Context: Two days earlier, siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl were captured and arrested at the University of Munich after distributing Professor Kurt Huber’s sixth edition of the “German Resistance” leaflets. They were interrogated by Chief Inspector Robert Mohr at the State Secret Police Headquarters on Briennerstrasse. The below…

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Sophie Scholl quote translated by Alexandra Lehmann

Seventy-Five Years Ago Today

By Alexandra Lehmann | Feb 22, 2018

Seventy-five years ago today Sophie Scholl sketched “FREEDOM” on the backside of her conviction for “treason.” F R E E D O M. She would die hours later, forgiving her executioners as the passageway to eternal life. (See: Pastor Alt’s eyewitness testimony to her last Communion.)  If one wants to know this great hero of…

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Dear Sophie from Fritz Hartnagel, sent from Occupied Poland, February 17, 1943

By Alexandra Lehmann | Feb 18, 2018

                  Context: Captain Fritz Hartnagel was one of the last Officers from the Sixth Army flown out of surrounded Stalingrad. Although this letter exists, it is doubtful that Sophie received it. It was written on the day before her last leaflet protest, capture and arrest. My dear…

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To Fritz Hartnagel, Munich, February 16, 1943

By Alexandra Lehmann | Feb 17, 2018

Context: Fritz Hartnagel survives Stalingrad. It is World War II’s most horrific battle. He is recuperating from near starvation and amputations from severe frostbite at a field hospital in occupied Poland. Sophie is studying Nazi approved philosophy with her brother and his friends at the University of Munich. They have kept their resistance activities, started…

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White Rose Memorial LMU

Resistance Then and Now: Social Media vs. Leaflets

By Alexandra Lehmann | Jan 8, 2018

Young people in the Islamic Republic of Iran are taking great risks to publicly protest against their President Rouhani and cleric leader, Ayatollah Khameni. With the help of social media, Iranians are gathering in the streets to protest theocratic corruption – rampant hunger and an estimated 40% unemployment plagues their country. The state controls all…

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