Voices Against Indifference Initiative
An Evening with "The White Rose"
April 22 - 24, 1999
Traute Lafrenz Page was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1919.
Her mother was from Vienna and her father was a state official. At age 14 she
attended a progressive school, Lichtwarckschule, where the main teacher, Erna
Stahl, presented new liberal educational ideas. In the summer of 1939, she was
sent to Pomerania in eastern Germany to help reap the harvest. It was there she
met Alexander Schmorell, with whom she spent many evenings discussing Tolstoy,
Dostoyevsky and Pushkin. She completed her pre-clinical medical training in
Hamburg. In the spring of 1941, she attended the University of Munich where
Traute studied medicine. One evening at a concert, Traute encountered Alex
Schmorell again. Seated next to him was a handsome medical student named Hans
Scholl, founder of “The White Rose,” a student anti-Nazi resistance group.
After that evening, a group of friends slowly formed, and
Traute was included in their circle. The drama of “The White Rose” played
out and Traute was sentenced to one year in prison for her involvement in the
group. Upon her release, she was immediately re-arrested to be tried for her
connection with Nazi resistors in Hamburg. However, before they were able to try
her she was freed by Patton’s 3rd Army.