Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (Wikipedia entry) [NR], 2005
This movie is about the last days in the life of Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old member of the anti-Nazi non-violent student resistance group the White Rose, part of the German Resistance movement. She was found guilty of high treason by the People’s Court and executed the same day, February 22, 1943.
“How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause?” – Sophie Scholl
Conviction, courage, faith, and evil. It’s hard not to get those virtues and emotions (and a thousand others) from the setting of WWII Germany, but the personal story genre makes it especially palpable. These are my new heroes. May our humanity never become calloused to people who resist evil in the face of losing their lives. May our souls continually be strengthened and empowered to live and do good in all things, at all times, in all places. May our faith in God, and the ideals of God’s Kingdom never waver…never.
Inspiring, and a bit gut-wrenching (especially at the end), … and it should be.
Hans Scholl (left), Sophie Scholl (center), and Christoph Probst (right)