THE WHITE ROSE Sophie Scholl

A teenage girl in a black dress, grey sweater and side-parted shoulder-length hair looks intently past the camera.
Sophie Scholl 1942
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In Nazi Germany, resistance was not just forbidden, it was deadly. But in 1942, a group of young college students went from enthusiastic supporters of the Third Reich to some of its most vocal opponents, publishing thousands of leaflets calling Hitler a criminal, and attempting to start a student revolt. Though their dream of a revolution never became reality, their courageous stance in the face of evil has become legendary in Germany, and their story continues to inspire and influence generations of young people around the world.

Our guest Kip Wilson‘s wonderful new YA novel White Rose tells the story in verse, through the eyes of 21-year-old Sophie Scholl, executed for treason by the Nazi government in 1943. White Rose will be released on April 2, 2019.




Kip Wilson is the author of White Rose, the Poetry Editor of the Young Adult Review Network, and has a Ph.D. in German Literature. In 2017, she won the PEN/New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award, and her work has appeared in several children’s literary magazines.



Music featured in this episode included

“Blinded” composed and performed by Jeff Cuno

“I Can’t See You” composed and performed by Jeff Cuno

“Me” composed and performed by Jeff Cuno

“Anathema” composed and performed by Jeff Cuno

“Roll ‘Em Goodman” by Mary Lou Williams

“Ave Verum Corpus” performed by the Weber State University Chamber Choir (free download)

Beethoven Sonata Opus 101 performed by Amanda Setlik Wilson

Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448 II. Andante performed by Amanda Setlik Wilson