The white rose movement was a non-violent resistance group operating in Nazi-Germany from June 1942 till February 1943. The movement used propaganda in an attempt to change the views of Germans and Austrians against Adolf Hitler. The movement received a lot of support from German youths who had been conscripted into Hitler’s Youth Armies. However, the support received was not enough to create successful uprising. There was a strong opposition to the group, especially from the radical Adolf Hitler enforcers such as the Gestapo. The group stuck to non-violent methods, but the reaction from the opposition was brutal, with the core members being executed by decapitation. Ultimately, The White Rose Movement’s campaign was unsuccessful and failed to change Hitler’s regime because the opposition was far greater than the support the movement could muster.
During World War 2 Adolf Hitler’s oppression affected millions of people. From Jewish, to Gypsies, to native Germans, people were tortured, killed and conscripted to join the German Army and its supporting groups. It was this controlling injustice that sparked many Germans to rebel towards Hitler. The White Rose Movement was formed by five students and a professor, from the University of Munich, to fight against Hitler’s regime. The core founders had been forced to become members of Hitler’s many different youth groups such as the ‘German Youth Movement’ and the ‘Bund Deutscher Mädel’ (The League of German Girls). Members of the group posed the question “Isn’t it true that every honest German is ashamed of his government these days?” The group wanted the public to realise that change was possible if they stood up to the Nazis. However, the group’s lack of numbers and open supporters lead to their ultimate downfall. Though the idea remained and it was this motivation that the change to how propaganda was used throughout the world for decades to come.
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