With You There Is Light

Historical Context, Notes on Readings and Excerpts from

Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel's True Story

German resistance With You There Is Light

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German, 1906-1945)

By Alexandra Lehmann | Oct 6, 2017

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian, pastor and political resistance activist involved in Berlin’s July 1944 plot to kill Hitler.  Bonhoeffer assisted in providing intelligence that led to the uprising. Executed before the war’s end, he left behind diaries and letters written while in prison that testify to an enduring and unwavering faith. Here below is…

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#Resistance during the Age of Trump: Not at all like German Resistance during World War II

By Alexandra Lehmann | Sep 22, 2017

Note: The below personal essay describing a reading experience in September, 2017 provided this writer with the opportunity to further define “With You There Is Light” and its publicity platform. Although “resistance” is a popular word at present, future author readings will not address today’s appropriation and the attempt to often equate it with its…

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Political Resistance History and Context in the Age of Trump, Part 2 of 4

By Alexandra Lehmann | Aug 20, 2017

For the liberal elite, Progressives, and #NeverTrumpers, resistance means opposition to the country’s sitting President. Referring to this ray of light in World War II history along with shouting “Nazi” and instilling fear in those who do not think or believe as strongly in another group’s identity politics obstructs the unification of this country.* Journalists…

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Civil Disobedience as Resistance

By Alexandra Lehmann | Aug 3, 2017

 A Series of Posts (Part One of Four) On Political History, Context and President Trump Civil Disobedience As Resistance in America and Europe during the 19th and 20th Centuries “We should be men first, and subjects afterwards.”-Henry David Thoreau, American (1817-1862) “Laws change; our conscience does not.” -Sophie Scholl, German (1921-1943) It is doubtful that Sophie Scholl read the…

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Re-Visiting The White Rose Student Resistance Movement in Munich

By Alexandra Lehmann | Jun 10, 2017

    Munich, June 10, 2017. Re-visiting the new installation at the University of Munich (LMU) furthered my commitment to sharing the history of the White Rose student resistance movement. During World War II, siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, and Alexander Schmorell, began active opposition against Hitler and the Nazi Party. Informed by their eye witness of war…

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Sophie Scholl (German, 1921-1943)

By Alexandra Lehmann | May 10, 2017

Born on May 9, 1921 in Forchtenberg (Baden-Wuerttemberg), Sophie Scholl was the third child after her siblings Hans and Inge. She was followed by Elizabeth (“Liesel”) and Werner. Sophie’s father, Robert, had just been elected as a “democratic” Mayor of this small town. Many townspeople violently opposed his election as hanger-ons of the German monarchy. Robert refused to fight…

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Was Fritz Hartnagel a Nazi?

By Alexandra Lehmann | Mar 13, 2017

An Often Asked Question Gets Answered Again The last question came from a very bright student at the end of the fifth class I taught at my alma mater on “Sophie Scholl and the German Resistance against Hitler.” She asked, “Was Scholl’s boyfriend, Fritz Hartnagel, a Captain in the Wehrmacht, a Nazi?” During the last…

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What we said and thought, so did you, only we were capable of saying it

By Alexandra Lehmann | Feb 23, 2017

What we said and thought, so did you, only we were capable of saying it -Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) speaking to the crowd of onlookers during her show trial where she was convicted of treason. Seventy-four years ago on February 22, Sophie Scholl was sentenced to death by the notoriously delusional President of the Peoples’ Court,…

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Sophie Scholl’s “Library” 1937-1943

By Alexandra Lehmann | Jan 28, 2017

Sophie Scholl gave us a very thorough “intellectual history,” often quoting from and mentioning the books she read in her letters and diaries. Sophie decided to engage in “inner emigration” by retreating into literature  as the Nazi hold on society grew more restrictive. The Reich Cultural Directorate had declared many of Sophie’s books “degenerate or subversive.” She read…

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Review by Rebecca Odessa, The Wisdom Daily

By Alexandra Lehmann | Jan 15, 2017

When Hitler came to power in the early 1930’s, Nazi ideology pervaded the German education system, leading to the indoctrination of an entire generation. When war enveloped Europe less than a decade later, that same generation trailed their maniacal leader into the abyss. A small group of Munich students, however, refused to follow. Instead, they…

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