"WHITE ROSE" MARTYRS TO BE
HIGHLIGHTED AT WYD
Initiative of Communion
BONN, Germany, JULY 26, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Student
martyrs from Munich who stood up to Nazism will be
proposed as models of faith in an exhibit at World Youth
Day in Cologne.
Entitled "White Rose: Faces of a Friendship," the
exhibit was created by a group of students and
professors of Communion and Liberation, who gathered
writings, photographs and direct testimonies from
relatives and friends of the members of the group.
"White Rose" was the name of a group begun by six
friends of different faith backgrounds: five students --
Alexander Schmorell, siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl,
Willi Graf and Christoph Probst -- as well as Kurt
Huber, a university professor, who "had dared to defy
Hitler," says the exhibit.
In nine months, the group wrote and distributed six
leaflets against Hitler's Nazi Germany.
On Feb. 22, 1943, Hans and Sophie Scholl, together
with Probst, were accused of spreading anti-Nazi
propaganda and were condemned to death.
In the following days, other students were accused of
the same charge, and then executed or imprisoned.
Testimony of faith
Monsignor Helmut Moll of the Archdiocese of Cologne,
theological Consultor of the Vatican Congregation for
the Causes of Sainthood, suggested in 2003 that the
students should be presented as role models at the youth
event in August.
The martyrs "fought to defend the dignity of man and
religion in face of Nazism," he said.
"They were youths rich in faith, with a profound
ecumenical vision. Although they lived at a different
time, they are of enormous importance" at present, said
"Our society is poor in Christian models … we need
figures who are an example of faith, hope and charity.
These martyrs are real models of faith who have
something to say to all our young people," added
The exhibit has already been displayed in several
German schools, the universities of Freiberg and Munich,
and is scheduled to go to Berlin, Cologne (for World
Youth Day), Vienna and the next meeting in Rimini,
Italy, of Communion and Liberation.