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'White Rose' founder declared a saint

The Local · 5 Feb 2012, 13:28

Published: 05 Feb 2012 13:28 GMT+01:00

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Schmorell, who was born in Russia, was celebrated as a new martyr in the church during a special service in the Cathedral of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia in Munich on Saturday. He was 25 at the time of his death.

The White Rose, or Weiße Rose, was founded by a group of Munich students and their philosophy professor Kurt Huber, all of whom actively voiced their resistance against the crimes of the Nazi regime under Adolf Hitler.

In 1942, the group launched a graffiti campaign and began to distribute thousands of leaflets urging opposition to the National Socialist Party.

On July 13, 1943, Schmorell and Huber were executed, just five months after fellow White Rose members Sophie and Hans Scholl and Christoph Probst were put to death.

Archpriest Nikolai Artemoff has been working toward Schmorell's canonisation since 1993, along with Archbishop Mark of Berlin, Germany and Great Britain of the Russian-Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

"For us, he took a very important stance, rejecting both Bolshevism as well as National Socialism," Artemoff said.

Schmorell's last letter to his family reflected to the depth of his Christian faith. His niece, Alexa Busch, said the church was a "piece of home" for him, much like the Russian language.

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"His faith was surely one of the reasons he was so free and independent," she added.

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15:08 February 5, 2012 by Englishted
Brave group to have done what they did and deserving of honour and remembrance, but I personally don't think a sainthood is the right thing.

A street or a important square in a main town would be more my way of thinking.
19:07 February 5, 2012 by raandy
I agree , what about the French underground or the Jewish partisans who fought Nazis from the Warsaw getto.
20:10 February 5, 2012 by jamesarthurwagner
Saint Schmorell? I was oddly struck by the news, and, while I'm an atheist and not big on mystagogy, I found the images of the new saint and old activist which appear on johnsanidopoulos.com pretty gorgeous.

I was at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in the early 60s and I lived on Willi-Graf-Straße; I was very much aware I was living among them all at that time. More recently, I've been privileged to be able to blog about die Weiße Rose several times on my own site, jameswagner.com
04:12 February 6, 2012 by wood artist
I'm not personally too excited about "sainthood" but, that said, I believe this group deserves every mm of respect, even if it's offered late. I have nothing against Sophie, but I certainly think the others deserve equal respect. Emotionally, Sophie probably benefits from being a woman, and she certainly did her share and made every bit as much sacrifice, but the others often seem to have been placed at a lesser level, and I believe all of them deserve the respect, even belatedly.

09:23 February 6, 2012 by milguy
@Englishted - There is a Schmorellplatz in Munich, and Schmorellstrasse in Duisburg and Unterhaching. This is an additional honor.
14:31 February 6, 2012 by Englishted

Thank you for pointing these out I didn't know.
19:35 February 6, 2012 by raandy
wood artist it's a fine brush you use but being as the Pope is German , it is hard not to assume this could be politically motivated.They were great but so were many others.
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