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The single white rose represents:

Purity, Innocence, Humility
Simplicity, Secrecy, Silence, Reverence

The German movie 'The White Rose' is found in video stores in Germany and the United States.

Richard Hansen sums up the story of The White Rose:

In the vogue words of the time, the Scholls and their friends represented the 'other' Germany,
the land of poets and thinkers, in contrast to the Germany that was reverting to barbarism and trying to take the world with it.

What they were and what they did would have been 'other' in any society at any time.
What they did transcended the easy division of good-German/bad-German and lifted them above the nationalism of time-bound events.

Their actions made them enduring symbols of the struggle, universal and timeless,
for the freedom of the human spirit wherever and whenever it is threatened.

Their words from the last pamphlet of the 'White Rose' live on today as an example of moral courage:

We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience.
The 'White Rose' will not leave you in peace.

Weisse Rose / White Rose Society