Song commission – Sophie Scholl #TheWhiteRose

Sophie Scholl GraveI’ve been commissioned to write a song on an extraordinary subject; ahead of releasing the song, here are a few words about it. On this day, 18th February 1943, Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans and their friend Christoph were arrested having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich. They were tried and four days later on February 22nd convicted of High Treason and executed by guillotine on the same day. Sophie was 21 years old when she died for her role leading dissent and active resistance to the rule of Nazi Germany. Their tools of revolution were words, paper and a printing press. After the students’ death the sixth leaflet of the movement was smuggled out of Germany and used by the Allied Forces, who showered millions of copies of Sophie’s work over Germany just a few months after her execution. 

Sophie’s story is a true lesson in dissent and serves to remind us that we have a responsibility to ensure that we never sleepwalk into such darkness again.

Sophies final words:

“How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause. Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”

3 Responses to Song commission – Sophie Scholl #TheWhiteRose

  1. Terence McCarthaigh says:

    Heard you sing the song at Midsomer Norton on the 24th February.
    A deeply moving song about a poorly known act of defiance, courage and faith. I meant to ask if you knew it was close to the anniversary of Sophie, Hans and Christoph Probst’s beheading on the 22nd. I see from the website that you did.
    If anyone is interested in learning more about The White Rose, Inge Scholl wrote a book of that title published 1983.

  2. Brian Ambler says:

    Just been listening to the song for Sophie Scholl. A Beautiful song in her memory. Looking forward to hearing you sing it at The Coal Aston Village Hall on the 14th March.

  3. Andrew Wild says:

    I listened to this song as I was walking the dog and so it caught me unawares!. I found myself walking past people with tears running down my face. Reg Meuross, you are a genius. A gentle giant of music! You take the most diffficult of subjects and turn them into something beautiful.

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