Children were exhorted in school to denounce even their own parents for derogatory remarks about Hitler or Nazi ideology." The activities of the White Rose started by the end of 1942.This was a time which was particularly critical for the Nazi regime: After initial victories in World War II, the German population became increasingly aware of the losses and damages of the war.
The Deutsche Jungenschaft vom 1.11.1929 (abbreviated as "d.j.1.11.") was part of this youth movement, founded by Eberhard Koebel in 1929.
Christoph Probst was a member of the German Youth Movement, and Willi Graf was a member of "Neudeutschland" ("New Germany"), and the "Grauer Orden" ("Grey Convent"), which were illegal Catholic youth organizations.
In total, the White Rose authored six leaflets, which were multiplied and spread, in a total of about 15,000 copies.
They branded the Nazi regime's crimes and oppression, and called for resistance.
A common trait of the various organizations was a romantic longing for a pristine state of things, and a return to older cultural traditions, with a strong emphasis on independent, non-conformist thinking.
They propagated a return to nature, confraternity and shared adventures.During this time, the authors of the pamphlets could neither be discovered, nor could the campaign be stopped by the Nazi authorities.When Hans and Sophie Scholl were discovered and arrested whilst distributing leaflets at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the regime reacted brutally.They were supported by other persons, including Traute Lafrenz, Katharina Schüddekopf, Lieselotte (Lilo) Berndl, Jürgen Wittenstein, Marie-Luise Jahn, Falk Harnack, Hubert Furtwängler, Wilhelm Geyer, Manfred Eickemeyer, Josef Söhngen, Heinrich Guter, Heinrich Bollinger, Helmut Bauer, Harald Dohrn, Hans Conrad Leipelt, Gisela Schertling, Rudi Alt Most were in their early twenties.Wilhelm Geyer taught Alexander Schmorell how to make the tin templates used in the graffiti campaign.She frequently carried supplies such as envelopes, paper, and an additional duplicating machine from Stuttgart to Munich.