TED-Ed looks at the secret student rebellion against Hitler in Nazi Germany in this stunning animation.

In it, they tell us about the activities of the “White Rose” group, a small collection of German teenagers who came together to derail the oppressive Nazi regime. But they faced an incredible challenge as any dissidence was punished harshly. Even making a joke against the Nazi government meant that you could be sent to a concentration camp or could even be given a death sentence.

Animation Explores The Secret Student Resistance Against The Nazis image of White Rose

Despite the huge risks, the group produced a series of leaflets that denounced the regime and encouraged German citizens to fight against it. Eventually, the group were caught whilst they were distributing the leaflets at a school. Tragically, two of the members of the group were sentenced to death by guillotine. However they never revealed the identities of their co-conspirators whilst under interrogation. Although it was external forces that brought down Hitler in the end, it’s inspiring to hear about the movements that happened within Germany to try and bring down one of the most evil men in history. We’re really moved by the story and love the incredible artwork in this animation.

TED-Ed|Iseult Gillespie|Animation

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