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Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Paperback – March 1, 2006

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Editorial Reviews


‘Heart-wrenching and inspiring’ -- San Francisco Chronicle

‘Inspiring... And could not be more timely’ -- Studs Terkel

‘Superbly written’ -- Library Journal

‘The animated narrative reads like a suspense novel’ -- The New York Times

‘This is a story that commands our attention’ -- Newsweek International

‘Unusually powerful and compelling . . . Among the indispensable literature of modern political culture.’ -- Das Parlament (Official Publication, German Bundestag)

From the Publisher

Full story of the Oscar nominated (2006) and award-winning German film Sophie Scholl: Die letzen Tage (2005) and the forthcoming major US motion picture, The White Rose (2006)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851684743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851684748
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,726,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JUD NEWBORN, Ph.D., is a NY based author, dramatic multimedia lecturer, film curator, & expert on anti-Semitism, extremism & the fight for human rights worldwide. Founding Historian of NY's Museum of Jewish Heritage (1986 to 2000), Dr. Newborn has lectured from San Diego's Old Globe Theater, L.A.'s Simon Wiesenthal Center & major universities & religious institutions to the United Nations, & from Canada to Cape Town.

He is co-author of the acclaimed SOPHIE SCHOLL & THE WHITE ROSE, providing the full story to the Academy Award-nominated German film, "Sophie Scholl: The Last Days." He has written for THE NY TIMES, JERUSALEM POST, etc., & appeared as a consultant throughout the media, from CBS MORNING NEWS & CNN to NPR's "All Things Considered." A lyricist & poet, he has collaborated with award winning composers & worked as a filmmaker & film consultant.

Awarded his PhD with Distinction by the University of Chicago, Dr. Newborn broke a decades-long barrier by giving the first lecture on the Holocaust ever held at the UN in July 1995, at which time he also called out against the UN's abandonment of Bosnia Muslims to mass murder. During his European fieldwork (1980-1983), Dr. Newborn hunted down former SS officers & worked briefly undercover for Poland's Solidarity Freedom Movement in 1982, 6 months into the Communist Declaration of Martial Law.

Today he serves as Curator of Special Programs for the renowned CINEMA ARTS CENTRE, LI, bringing celebrated artists to interview before live audiences. http://www.cinemaartscentre.org


**"Lauded by NEWSWEEK & THE NY TIMES, by the UN, PRINCETON & HEBREW UNION COLLEGE, Dr. Jud Newborn speaks with dramatic power & a deeply felt passion that leaves his audiences both moved & exhilarated." MARTIN BORIS, LIFESTYLES

**"Dr. Jud Newborn tells a riveting story about resistance to the Nazis. The White Rose students were brave beyond measure, & Dr. Newborn brings them alive again for us." JANE ALEXANDER, CHAIR, NAT'L ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS; TONY Winner, 4-TIME ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE

**"I would strongly urge colleges and universities to offer their podiums to Jud Newborn. Matters of Human Rights, Justice, Peace, Courage, & Conscience find resonance with his lectures on the White Rose." - PROF. JAMES MCNUTT, THOMAS MORE COLLEGE, KY

**"We hit the jackpot with Jud Newborn. Great substance & really great drama. One of the best Holocaust & human rights presentations anyone will ever hear." - EDIE NAVEH, DIRECTOR, HOLOCAUST CENTER, PITTSBURGH


Based on Dr. Jud Newborn's co-authored book, SOPHIE SCHOLL & THE WHITE ROSE, which tells the full story treated in the Academy Award-nominated German film, "Sophie Scholl: The Last Days." Using music, 80 historical images & suspenseful storytelling, Dr. Newborn recounts how Sophie Scholl and brother Hans - former Hitler Youth leaders, the latter arrested for a teen same-sex relationship - transformed uniquely to become the greatest heroes of the German anti-Nazi resistance.

"We will not be silent," their wartime leaflets declared. "We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!" On February 18, 1943, they mounted a gallery high above the University of Munich's vast atrium & scattered hundreds of leaflets down upon the heads of astonished students. It was the only public protest against Nazis ever to be staged.

But Dr. Newborn's program does not remain in the past. Relating the White Rose story to today's most compelling current events, he presents an array of "White Rosers" - inspiring heroes of all backgrounds, abroad and at home - who risk themselves for freedom and our shared humanity.


**"The overflowing room was spellbound as you painted a portrait of courage more like a storyteller than a lecturer. The lessons to be learned were invaluable, especially in light of current world events & need for heroes to step forward." - HEDY BERMAN, COLORADO STATE UNIV., FT. COLLINS

**"Jud Newborn is a vibrant speaker on subjects of the utmost importance. He is terrific." - DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER

**"Unique & passion-filled. Riveting presentation. The large room filled with lay people, scholars, Jews & gentiles sat together in silent fascination, awaiting the story of Jewish resistance to unfold. And unfold it did, with all the drama of a Le Carre spy novel. Dr. Newborn was complimented as one of the best speakers ever to grace our community." - MELANIE ZEITLER, JEWISH FED., SOUTH BEND, IN

**"You knocked the ball right out of the park! This is the largest audience we've ever had for our Zahm Lecture - the annual keynote for our academic year - & you received a rousing standing ovation to boot! Your topic also allowed us to partner with organizations that have never been at the university before. Bravo! - PROF. KAREN EIFLER, CO-DIRECTOR, GARAVENTA CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND (ORE)

**"What impressed your correspondent most was the revelatory lecture by dynamic Jud Newborn. Thanks to this event, his great works have come to the attention of the world." - DAVID HOROWITZ, SR. CORRESPONDENT, UN PRESS CORPS

**"Dr. Jud Newborn's riveting account left me spellbound, enlightened & inspired. Truly the most compelling, well-organized lecture I've heard in my 25 years in the Wichita community." - ELLY FITZIG, JEWISH FED, KS.

**"You are making a huge intellectual impact with your public lectures." - PROF. JOHN BOYER, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

**"Wide-ranging knowledge, masterful delivery. Related the story of unsung Jewish and Christian Holocaust heroes to today's most pressing current events. Our ideal scholar-in-residence." - DR. RACELLE WEIMAN, HEBREW UNION COLLEGE., CTR FOR HOLOCAUST ED., OH

**"A stellar presentation!" - MAUREEN McNEIL, ANNE FRANK CENTER USA

**"Delivered a public lecture to a capacity crowd - relating the topic to resistance against apartheid. His use of PowerPoint slides and music added so much. The audience was notably moved." - RICHARD FREEDMAN & MARLENE SILBERT, CAPE TOWN HOLOCAUST CENTRE, SOUTH AFRICA


Dr. Jud Newborn sets the dramatic story of Jewish anti-Nazi resistance in a unique, eye-opening framework that also explains its relevance for today. Treating the entire scope of Jewish resistance, from Western to Eastern Europe and North Africa, "Lions of Judah" provides accounts of Jewish heroism that will astound and inspire--while fundamentally changing our assumptions about how Jews responded to Nazi terror. Relevant and morale-boosting for peoples of all backgrounds, "Lions of Judah" teaches audiences the true meaning of courage and resistance, as we face the ever-present dangers of fanaticism and anti-Semitism today.

In this unique, moving "post-modern" Hasidic Tale of the Holocaust, Dr. Jud Newborn poignantly interweaves his own personal story (his adventures, heartbreak and triumphs in confronting the Holocaust) with the lost world of the Jewish Shtetl--and the amazing tale of the first man to bring the news of the Holocaust to the West. Revolving around the author's thrilling discovery of Polish Bund Spokesman Szmul Artur Zygielbojm's lost artifacts, Dr. Newborn tells a miraculous, life affirming story of how three seemingly disconnected lives magically intersected over time and space. Newborn's discovery links him by surprise to Zygielbojm's surviving niece, a 75 year-old champion ballroom dancer who "brings me under her spell, inducing me to dance--not to mourn, but to celebrate Jewish survival." (With dramatic visuals)

**"Dr. Jud Newborn captivated the minds & hearts of 250 people with 'To Life! A Holocaust Hero's Modern Miracle.' Remarkably, he invested this poignant tale with hope & inspiration. Eveyone complimented me our choice of speaker & praised Dr. Newborn's ability to connect with a popular audience. They were especially impressed with the way he drew them into his own excitement discovering previously unknown artifacts of the Holocaust." - RABBI BRUCE GINSBURG, SONS OF ISRAEL, WOODMERE, NY

**"Your work is so impressive & important." - LIZ SMITH, NATIONAL COLUMNIST

**"In his passionate, moving program, Jud Newborn gave a dramatic, heartfelt account of his personal connection to the Holocaust - creatively interweaving three poignant, powerful stories of survival, empowerment & inspiration. His storytelling ability swept the audience along with him on a journey that kept everyone riveted & fascinated. A beautiful and powerful experience for all!" - LISA STERN, EVENT COORDINATOR, JCC of the GREATER FIVE TOWNS, LI, NY

**"Wonderful presentation. It was educational, informative--and just beautifully executed." - KARA MARITZER, MONTREAL FED.-CJA, QUEBEC, CANADA

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This is a very moving and detailed account of the White Rose resistance movement of 1940s Germany. It is an amazing story, and really renews your faith in humanity. These students, with everything to live for, risked it all to warn their fellow countrymen about the persecution of the Jews, and to try to encourage them to rise up against Hitler and his oppressive regime.

I have also read Inge Scholl's slim book on the same subject, which is good, but this is by far the better read, and a much more substantial account. It includes over 20 photographs as well as new and more readable translations of all 7 of the leaflets that the White Rose sent all over Germany to try to rouse the German people to sabotage the war effort and fight for freedom. The last leaflet was never published, but the text turned up in the Gestapo archives in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and this is the only book to include it so far, I think.

I recommend it to all students and people interested in the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. A very good read.
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I missed the German film on Sophie Scholl that was nominated for an Oscar last week, but came across this book and decided to read it instead. It covers the whole story from the beginnings of the White Rose resistance movement that began at Munich University in 1942, and takes you right up to their capture by the Gestapo, interrogation, trial and execution, which are covered in the film

The film focuses on the last few days, so if you've seen the film, read this for all the background on the different members, who they were, why they came together to take on the Nazi regime, and how they went about trying to stir up the German people to oppose Hitler. At the time they were accused of being traitors, but with the benefit of hindsight they were clearly high principled and commmitted human beings who put the greater good above personal safety and their own lives.

This book is a very good read, combining the historical detail to help you understand the situation the students found themselves in with a fast-paced story that sweeps you along. You definitely feel for the characters as they plan and carry out their activities, and stand up to very tough interrogation. I partiuclarly liked reading the actual leaflets they wrote and tried to circulate round Germany and Austria.

A very moving and inspiring story, and one that renews your faith in humanity.
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SOPHIE SCHOLL & THE WHITE ROSE is, essentially, about the finest aspects of human nature. The White Rose members' integrity and their compassion for their fellow Germans and, more surprisingly, for the Jewish population who had endured years of prejudice and oppression followed by vicious persecution is very impressive.

To mount a secret campaign against the Third Reich, a totalitarian regime of insidious oppression and unbelievable brutality against both the German people and its conquered populations, takes amazing courage.

But to face up to that regime on an intensely personal level, without hesitation or - apparently - regret, fully aware of the consequences, is simply awesome. And it awes me that most of the White Rose members were students like myself! This is a very memorable book with a powerful message.
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It is quite impossible to do an adequate job of reviewing this book.

Knowing that these young German students really lived, daring to risk their young lives and, indeed, losing them, for their distribution of their printed words challenging German people to act against Hitler, is unbelievably humbling and cause for great hope for mankind. Passive resistence worked. Life triumphed over death. Good was stronger than evil.

The authors, Annette Dumbach and Jud Newborn, became accomplished talents with the publication of this book alone.

Their ability to combine the biographies of Sophie, her brother and their compatriots in the making and distrubtion of the White Rose and the requisite history and analysis of the political climate in Germany during The Holcaust is masterful.

The book reads like a suspense thriller one could read in a few hours. However, their thoughtful, detailed insights into the minds and hearts of the protagonists, compel the reader to read and then reread many passages before being emotionally able to read on. This is a must read for young and old students of the human condition, a truly unforgettable book.
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The book ought to be labeled "Hans Scholl" and The White Rose". The author makes it abundantly clear that it was Hans, not Sophie, who was the driving force behind the activities of The White Rose.In reading this book one will get the sense that it was Hans, Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, and Alexander Schmorell who did the heavy lifting. Sophie is a peripheral character in the telling of the story of this remarkable group of young Germans.

A second flaw is the poor editing of the book itself. The very first sentence of the book misspells "setting" as "seting". They cannot spell "Dostoevsky" correctly either, giving us "Dostoevski". It even is spelled thusly in the index! They also mislabel Sophie's birthday in the photographic section, giving her the same birthday as Hans. She was in fact, three years his junior. People may chalk these up as quibbling concerns, but one wonders how such a short book(238 pages) can suffer from such glaring editorial errors. It makes one wonder what else is wrong with the book.

The writing is clear and concise. The authors do not burden the reader with the use of academic vernacular. It is a book that can easily be assigned for high school students and expect to be understood.

I hesitated to give this book such a middling rating because it is an important story that needs to be told. But the incongruency between the title and what is actually written in the book and the numerous editorial gaffes hindered my enjoyment of this book. It is not a bad book, but it also is not a great one either.
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