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Another White Rose: A Review of Sophie Scholl, The Final Days

Donald Paneth Mar 7, 2006

A distressed voice from the back of the theater cried out at the end of Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, “It’s happening again! We’ve got to stop it!” A murmur of agreement arose among the theatergoers.

Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch), her brother Hans (Fabian Hinrichs), and their friend, Christoph Probst (Florian Stetter), are students at Munich University, and members of the White Rose resistance group during World War II. They oppose Hitler and the war, distribute antiwar leaflets, are caught, interrogated, and sentenced to the guillotine.

The film is a persuasive dramatization of a political tragedy—and a warning against, perhaps an omen of, “evils imminent.”