The Short Life of Sophie Scholl

Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl

  • A rare and deeply moving documentation of a girl's life in a turbulent time in the form of reports, letters, documents, eyewitness statements and photos, presented in a kind of collage.
224 pp 14 years + 12,3 x 18 cm EUR 8.99 February 1997 Softcover 978-3-473-58011-8


On February 22, 1943 21 year-old Sophie Scholl was executed by the Nazis. She was a member of the "White Rose," a student resistance group against Hitler. Hermann Vinke describes her life from her girlhood all the way to and including her involvement with the "White Rose." With his own narration, he frames innumerable documents including letters and stories written by Sophie as well as accounts from family and friends and many photographs.

The Author

Hermann Vinke, born in 1940, was an editor for various newspapers even during his studies of history and sociology. From 1981 to 1986 he was a foreign TV correspondant in Japan and the USA. He was then Programing Director at Radio Bremen until 2000 and since then has been a correspondant for Eastern Europe. Hermann Vinke has written numerous books and received many awards, including the Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize).

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