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Nazi Germany and the White Rose

  • Britain and France declare war on Germany

    Britain and France declare war on Germany
    Britain and France declare war on Germany.
  • The Battle of Britain

    The Battle of Britain
    Germany carries out a large air raid on London, but fails in it's attempts, signifying an important power shift in the war.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    Three million German troops are sent to invade Russia.
  • German Troops Halted in Russia

    German Troops Halted in Russia
    The RUssian winter and counterattacks stop the Germans.
  • Germany Declares War on the United States

    Germany Declares War on the United States
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    The White Rose

  • First Four Leaflets

    First Four Leaflets
    The first four leaflets are written by Hans Scholl and Alexander Schmorell and distributed between June 27th and July 12th, 1942.
  • Sent to War

    Sent to War
    In the late summer of 1942, several members of the groups were sent into the war as physician assistants in German Field Hospitals. Here they met future member, Willi Graf, and were exposed to the atrocities faced by Polish Jews and Russian peasants at the hand of the Germans.
  • Germans Are Defeated at Stalingrad

    Germans Are Defeated at Stalingrad
    The Germans suffer a devestating loss in Stalingrad. Combined casualties are over a million soldiers (notincluding the wounded and civilian death toll).
  • Graffiti Campaign

    Graffiti Campaign
    After the Germans lose a signifigant battle in Stalingrad, three members of the White Rose (Willi Graf, Hans Scholl, and Alexander Schmorell) begin a graffiti campaign with tar in the University of Munich.
  • Arrest

    Hans and Sophia Scholl are observed by the janitor distributing leaflets at the University of Munich and arrested by the Gestapo.
  • 1st Trial

    1st Trial
    The trial and beheading of Hans Scholl, Sophia Scholl, and CHristopher Probst.
  • 2nd Trial

    2nd Trial
    The second trial for the members of the White Rose in which 14 members were tried. Of those tried, only three recieved a death sentence, WIlli Graf, Kurt Huber, and Alexander Schmorell. The rest were sent tovarios prison sentences.
  • 3rd Trial

    3rd Trial
    In the third trial, four members were tried for their involvement. Only one, Joseph Sohngen, was given a prison sentence, the other three were acquitted.
  • Allied Distribution

    Allied Distribution
    Even after the court sentenced many members of the White Rose to death Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, a supporter, smuggled the final leaflet through Scandanavia into the United Kingdom. In July, 1943, Allied planes flew over Germany and dropped the final leaflet renamed "The Manifesto of the Students at Munich".
  • D-Day

    Germans suffer the loss at Normandy.
  • 4th Trial

    4th Trial
    Hans Leipelt, a supporter of the White Rose, was convicted and sentenced to death for distibuting the final pamphlet in Hamburg and setting up a fund for Kurth Huber's widow.
  • Germany Surrenders

    Germany Surrenders
    Nazi Germany surrenders to the Allied forces.