Why Nazi Lawyers Rushed to Behead Sophie Scholl in 1943

A fresh deep dive into the prosecution of Sophie Scholl illuminates a complete lack of justice in Nazi Germany, grotesque absence of law and order.

She was targeted by a Nazi who was trying to be as cruel as possible to women. He had given a speech to students where he demanded girls stop learning and birth a child for Hitler instead. Protests broke out and he grew unstable, angry at the resistance.

On January 13, 1943, students protested against a particularly aggressive Nazi even by NSDAP standards. In a speech at the Deutsches Museum, he had insulted female students and recommended they “give the Führer a child” rather than sit in the lecture hall. He said it would make him happy to put “one of my adjutants” at the disposal of anyone not pretty enough to be impregnated yet — he “promised a pleasant [rape] experience”.

If that sounds familiar, he used a social platform monopoly to mock girls for being hot or not, as a show of unregulated power.

During this state of mysogynist rage he was informed Sophie had been arrested for dropping anti-Nazi leaflets. He rushed everything, jumping to extremes in order to stage a bogus trial with Nazi lawyers and judges conspiring against her in every way. With no real representation, denied any rights at all, she was beheaded almost immediately.

Today she is remembered as a national hero, as she astutely predicted, one of the most important Germans of all time.

Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go… What does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?

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