|Memorial to White Rose|
Today would have been Sophie Scholl's 90th birthday.
Fr Dermot has a scholarly interest in Sophie Scholl and the White Rose resistence movement, particularly in the influence and great inspiration of Blessed John Henry Newman on the movement.
Here is an extract from Fr Dermot Fenlon's paper "From the White Star to the White Rose. J.H. Newman and the Conscience of the State".
Newman's question, Haecker's pedagogy, Hartnagel's testimony: it is not idle to speak of prophetic witness. Science without God, education without a heart, produced its nemesis in the Third Reich. The White Rose struggled to resist it. But for the Rose to flower there was need, not of the blood of students. There was need of the blood of Christ, interceding for a fallen humanity. Haecker, Muth, Edith Stein: the school of Newman was the seed ground nurturing a small and heroic movement of German writers, some of whome stand to us as saints and martyrs bearing the witness of effective intercession through the power of Christ's Passion, the source of salvation in the night of terror. Christopher Probst, together with Fritz Hartnagel, belongs to that moment of witness. Willi Graf and Kurt Huber found their way into this company of saints. Hans Scholl? If we are to believe his sister Inge, his request to be received into the Catholic Church points in the same direction. And Sophie?
|One of Sophie Scholl's letters|