Supper with Sophie Scholl

During the last century, more Christians died for their faith than in any century before. This Fall semester, the Insitute for Church Life honors the martyrs of the 20th century through a series of events. PROCLAIM! contributes to this program by screening the feature film 

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Sophie Scholl - The Final Days

(German with English subtitles)

 

 

Date and Time

 

The movie will be shown three times: 

Monday, December 2, 2013   - a few tickets left -

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - sold out - 

Friday, December 6, 2013 - a few tickets left - 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. We will serve a Brotzeit (German light supper) before the presentation. Professor Krieg's lecture will begin at 6:15 p.m., the movie starts at 6:45 p.m. The event will conclude around 9 pm.

Before showing the movie, at 6:15 p.m. Notre Dame Professor Robert Krieg will share on the situation of the churches in the Third Reich. Patricia Bellm will briefly introduce Sophie Scholl and her life up to the the moment when the movie sets in on February 17, 1943. 

The movie is emotionally very engaging and therefore is rated PG 13. We offer childcare upon request.

 

Location

University of Notre Dame  ||  Geddes Hall 

Free parking is available on the B2 parking lot of the Hesburgh Library. 

 

Tickets

Tickets are $8, incl. supper, presenation and movie. Advance tickets bought before November 24, 2013 (postmarked) will receive $5 cash back at the door. Please order tickets here

 

Die Weisse Rose - the White Rose

Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans were part of a resistance movement during the Third Reich, mostly students at the University of Munich.  Hans and his friends Christoph and Alexander had seen the slaughter at the East Front and were horrified. End of 1942 and beginning 1943 they mimeographed and distributed thousands of copies of altogether six different leaflets which attacked Hitler and the Nazis for abolishing democratic rights, supressing free will and religious beliefs, and betraying the German people. In the second leaflet they publicized the murder of three hundred thousand Jews in Poland. 

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While as young teenagers both Sophie and Hans had been mesmerized by the myths of the Nazi youth organizations, their Catholic friend Otl Aicher introduced the fifteen year old Sophie to the writings of St. Augustine and later Cardinal John Henry Newman. Being brought up in a Lutheran home, the seeds fell on fertile ground. Homilies by the Catholic bishop of Munster, Blessed Clemens August Graf von Galen, who spoke out against Hitler's euthanasia programs and the terror regime of the Gestapo, sparked the formation of the resistance movement the White Rose. 

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It took the Gestapo only a few months to hunt them down - and Hitler's henchmen made short shrift of them. On February 22, 1943, Hans, Sophie and Christoph stood "trial" for high treason and were executed the same day.

Three months later the Volksgerichtshof sentenced to death Alexander Schmorell, Traude Lafrenz and Willi Graf. Otl Aicher survived and married later Inge Scholl, the sister of Hans and Sophie. 

 

Based on the original GeStaPo interrogation transcripts which surfaced in East Germany after the fall of the Wall and parts of Sophie's diary, the movie is an authentic and cinematrographically poignant rendition of the events during the last five days of Sophie's life.