- Hardcover: 319 pages
- Publisher: Putnam; First Edition edition (1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399120416
- ISBN-13: 978-0399120411
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I thought I knew the story of the White Rose pretty well, but Richard Hanser provides detail, context, and insight that I have not previously encountered. A Noble Treason is an exciting read and a tribute worthy of the defiance and the sacrifices made by those students at the University of Munich when they were under the thumb of Hitler's minions." --Ronald J. Rychlak, Author, Hitler, the War, and the Pope
"This vivid account gives witness to the true spirit of man. One can only marvel at the patience, ingenuity and determination of these students as they pit themselves against Hitler and his Third Reich. Undeterred by the price to be paid if they were caught, their story reminds us of what true courage is and of our responsibility to do what is right. . . despite the odds." --Kurt von Schuschnigg, Author, When Hitler Took Austria --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans were handsome, bright university students in 1942 Germany. As members of the Hitler Youth, they had once been enthusiastic supporters of the German renewal promised by National Socialism. But as their realization of Nazi barbarism grew, so did their moral outrage.
Hans and Sophie formed a small group of like-minded friends, which initially included two medical students, a student of philosophy, and a fifty-year-old professor. They self-identified as Christians from various traditions--Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox--and they called themselves the White Rose. In a darkened studio lent them by an artist, they printed eloquent anti-Nazi leaflets, which they ingeniously spread throughout Germany.
A Noble Treason tells the true story of this underground group at the University of Munich that instigated, organized, and carried out the first overt resistance to Hitler's regime. What gives A Noble Treason its unforgettable and inspiring quality is the personality, character, and courage of the White Rose members, as they resisted the pull of wartime patriotism and overcame their fear of the terrible price they would pay for their dissidence.
The story of the White Rose is one of faith-inspired idealism in deadly conflict with ideological tyranny. Its theme is the ultimate victory of that idealism despite its bloody--and seemingly final--destruction by the state. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Their heroic example of fidelity is written with crystal clear clarity and summons us to protect the common good of man, which can be done with our prayers, our voices, and our pens.
"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."
- G.K. Chesterton
I think the book describes the personality and character of the White Rose members in insightful detail. While the story of the White Rose is not particularly complex,the people who made up the organization were.
In the US now there certainly is nothing comparable to what people faced in Nazi Germany and thus one might consider this book just an interesting record of history. Yet I found the story to be inspiring and a good point of reference when dealing with the relatively minor challenges we now deal with. So many people simply make the best of what they can from the situation they are in. It is the rare person who tries and risks everything to improve the situation.
This is a good read. It is well worth your time and money.
SK John Francis, PGK -Darien, IL