With You There Is Light

Historical Context, Notes on Readings and Excerpts from

Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel's True Story


Why Civil Resistance Works: Book Review by Alexandra Lehmann

By Alexandra Lehmann | Dec 9, 2016

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Non-Violent Conflict by Erica Chenoweth. My rating: 3 of 5 stars. This book’s concept is pretty huge and its far-reaching case studies work to prove it. The author does not, however, clearly outline the criteria for a non-violent resistance’s success. It lacks the mention of the Czech resistance which successfully…

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Enter to Win a Free Copy of “With You There Is Light” at Goodreads

By Alexandra Lehmann | Oct 24, 2016

October 24, 2016. Ridgefield, CT.  At the time of this writing, 150 readers have entered the goodreads.com contest for a free copy of “With You There Is Light: Based on the True Story about Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel.” Enter for your free copy here. Goodreads Book Giveaway With You There Is Light by Alexandra…

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Hartnagel writes Scholl about Belgian Resistance, 1940

By Alexandra Lehmann | Oct 3, 2016

              “With You There Is Light” contains translated excerpts from Fritz Hartnagel’s letters to Sophie Scholl. In this important historical document, Fritz informs Sophie about Belgium resistance. Antwerp, May 18, 1940. My dear Sophie, […] Yesterday I had enormous luck, if one can speak of luck and not of Providence. I was with…

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Ridgefield Author Attends Author Showcase on October 1, 2016

By Alexandra Lehmann | Sep 28, 2016

Lehmann’s novel read at showcase

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Hans Scholl (1918-1943)

By Alexandra Lehmann | Aug 24, 2016

EXCERPTED FROM “WITH YOU THERE IS LIGHT”: Hans and Sophie’s mother knew what to do. She hurried down the hallway into her son’s room. The voices in the living room grew louder and louder. She grabbed a basket and started tossing books into it. Thomas Mann. Heinrich Heine. George Bernard Shaw. Jack London. Ernest Hemingway.…

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Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel Correspond, September 1939

By Alexandra Lehmann | Aug 8, 2016

Fritz Hartnagel was a part of Hitler’s Army. He was going to have to fight in this so-called Blitzkrieg. What could she do? Sophie Scholl took out her pen from her knapsack and began to write. She could always count on writing when the truth required clarification.             Dear Fritz, Sophie pressed down hard on…

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Passive Resistance: Refusing to Yield to Censorship

By Alexandra Lehmann | Jul 25, 2016
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Sophie Scholl Defiantly Enjoyed Art Labeled “Entartete Kunst” (Morally Degenerate)

By Alexandra Lehmann | Jul 8, 2016

Historical Context: Summer, 1937. There was no stopping “American Swing” from making its way across the ocean. “Negermusik” was the Nazis’ pejorative term for Jazz and Swing. In July at the newly built “House of German Art,” the Nazi Minister of Culture infamously put on his first exhibit of “degenerate” paintings. Many of these now…

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Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemoeller Criticized Nazi Policies

Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemoeller Criticized the “Aryan Paragraph”

By Alexandra Lehmann | Jun 22, 2016

Historical Context:  Like most Protestant pastors, Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemoeller was a national conservative, and openly supported the conservative opponents of the Weimar Republic. He welcomed Hitler’s accession to power in 1933, believing that it would bring a national revival. However, he opposed the Nazis’ “Aryan Paragraph“. In 1936, he signed the petition of…

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Sophie Scholl, Inspired and Motivated by Christian Faith

By Alexandra Lehmann | Jun 16, 2016

Historical Context: Throughout her young adulthood, political activist Sophie Scholl delved deeply into Christian faith. As the Nazi Party dismantled Christianity and arrested and interned religious leaders, Sophie grew up in a Nazi run school and in the girls’ Hitler Youth. Her formal education revolved around indoctrination and propaganda. With the help of her family, Scholl began to…

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