Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Amanda Barratt & The White Rose Resists

Posted May 27, 2020 by meezcarrie in Amanda Barratt, Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical / 34 Comments

It is always a delight any time I get to chat with or host Amanda Barratt & today I’m excited because she’s hear to talk about her new historical fiction that released yesterday – The White Rose Resists!

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2020
PAGES: 336

Inspired by the incredible true story of a group of ordinary men and women who dared to stand against evil

The ideal of a new Germany swept up Sophie Scholl in a maelstrom of patriotic fervor–that is, until she realized the truth behind Hitler’s machinations for the fatherland. Now she and other students in Munich, the cradle of the Nazi government, have banded together to form a group to fight for the truth: the White Rose. Risking everything to print and distribute leaflets calling for Germans to rise up against the evil permeating their country, the White Rose treads a knife’s edge of discovery by the Gestapo.

Annalise Brandt came to the University of Munich to study art, not get involved with conspiracy. The daughter of an SS officer, she’s been brought up to believe in the Führer’s divinely appointed leadership. But the more she comes to know Sophie and her friends, the more she questions the Nazi propaganda.

Soon Annalise joins their double life–students by day, resisters by night. And as the stakes increase, they’re all forced to confront the deadly consequences meted out to any who dare to oppose the Reich.

A gripping testament to courage, The White Rose Resists illuminates the sacrifice and conviction of an unlikely group of revolutionaries who refused to remain silent-no matter the cost.


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Ordinary Heroes: The Story of the White Rose

by Amanda Barratt, author of The White Rose Resists

Author and scholar Joseph Campbell defines a hero as an ordinary human being who does “the best of things in the worst of times.” The greatest heroes aren’t those who mount a stage or boast a list of accolades and awards. Often the most extraordinary heroes journey through life unnoticed and unremembered. Their courage isn’t born out of a desire to be viewed as someone of note, rather it flows from a life spent quietly following their convictions and living for a purpose greater than themselves.

While researching and writing The White Rose Resists, I discovered many who personified Campbell’s description. Students whose unbridled courage held me in awe. Men and women who declared “Enough!” when faced with a world lulled by the rise of evil. The resistance of these lonely few earned them the title of traitors, but they left behind a legacy that resonates through generations to reach us today.

In the summer of 1942, Hans Scholl, a twenty-three-year-old medical student at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University acted upon plans that had unfolded in his mind since the day his family discovered an anonymous leaflet in their mailbox—a copy of a sermon denouncing the Reich’s horrific euthanasia program. As a teenager, Hans had enthusiastically joined the Hitler Youth, rising to the rank of squad leader and earning the privilege of carrying a banner at the 1935 Nuremberg Rally. But the mind-numbing conformity and simmering of a deeper evil behind the speeches, marching, and cries of “Sieg Heil!” soon turned Hans against the regime with greater fervency than he’d ever felt when embracing it.

Working with his close friend, Alexander Schmorell—a fellow medical student who’d refused to take the oath of loyalty to Hitler at the beginning of his requisite military service—Hans drafted the first leaflet of the White Rose. As plans for leaflet production continued, Hans’s twenty-one-year-old sister, Sophie, arrived in Munich to begin her first semester at the university. Sophie knew firsthand the cost of opposing the regime. The Scholls’ father was awaiting trial and probable imprisonment for an unguarded anti-Hitler remark made in the hearing of his secretary. But when Sophie discovered her brother’s plans to write and distribute leaflets, she unflinchingly joined him. Motivated by her deep Christian faith and spurred by a desire to act, instead of merely feel, Sophie believed resistance was worth the risk. “We will not remain silent. We are your guilty conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!” formed the closing statements of the fourth leaflet, words lived out by the group’s members.

As months went on, the White Rose expanded to involve others, including Willi Graf, who’d taken a stand as a teenager when he wrote a list of all his friends and crossed out those who’d joined the Hitler Youth, never to associate with them again; Professor Kurt Huber, whose thinly veiled remarks against Nazism simmered beneath the surface of his philosophy lectures; and Christoph Probst, who was a husband, a father of two young sons, and a man whose values went against everything Nazism stood for.

Between June 1942 and February 1943, the group authored six leaflets and distributed thousands of copies across Germany and Austria. In the end, those six leaflets, fiery words filling sheets of cheap paper, led to the Gestapo extinguishing both the resistance of the White Rose…and the lives of many of its members. In the space of several months, the Nazis effectively eliminated the threat posed by this student-led dissidence. Or so they thought.

In the summer of 1945, a copy of the group’s sixth leaflet reached England. Bearing a new heading, Manifesto of the Munich Students, Allied aircraft dropped the leaflet over German cities by the tens of thousands. Today the White Rose is honored in Germany, with streets and schools named after the group’s members, including the square in front of Ludwig Maximilian University. In 2003, Hans and Sophie Scholl took fourth place (above Bach, Goethe, and Einstein) in a survey conducted by the German television channel ZDF, choosing the ten greatest Germans of all time.

But no member of the White Rose sought heroism or acclaim. Their aim can be summed up in words penned by Hans Scholl in 1941, “I’m weak and puny, but I want to do what is right.”

Determined to uphold human dignity, with quiet courage, the men and women of the White Rose did simply that.

Amanda Barratt is the ECPA best-selling author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a two-time FHL Reader’s Choice Award finalist. She and her family live in northern Michigan. Connect with her at and visit her at

Amanda Barratt is offering a print copy of The White Rose Resists to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt? What interests you most about the heroes she mentioned in her post?

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34 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Amanda Barratt & The White Rose Resists

  1. Caryl Kane

    I love stories where the characters boldly take a stand against evil. I’m excited to read Amanda’s book.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Really enjoyed reading Amanda Barratt’s guest post and the story behind the White Rose. Her description of a true hero is spot on. It also left me with a great desire to read “The White Rose Resists” and adding it to my TBR list. I think learning more about the past can prevent it such horrible events from happening again – even if it’s in a fictional form.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy! Share and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.

  3. Danielle Hammelef

    I don’t know the story about these heroic young people and look forward to reading this book.

  4. Anne

    The White Rose Resists is profound, meaningful, important and unforgettable. The men and women who were courageous and defied the Nazi regime had such strong principles and strength of character. Being Jewish and reading a great deal about that era this book is a treasure which I would appreciate and understand entirely. Many thanks for an author who has such talent and writes novels which are enduring and memorable.

  5. Faith Creech

    This plot sounds so intriguing. I would love to read this book. I really enjoyed her book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

  6. Rachel Taylor

    It is amazing and humbling to see the passion and courage of these individualsin the midst of turmoil. For some, it dispels the stereotype that all Germans were fascists, Nazis, and killers. The brave few who took a stand left behind a legacy that still endures. Their selfless sacrifice should be a lesson to us all for the times that we find ourselves living in.

  7. Alison Boss

    I had never heard of The White Rose resistance. What an incredible group of young people! Their courage and story sounds amazing! I have added this book to my TBR list. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book!!!

  8. Becky D.

    WWII has always been my favorite time period to learn about. Corrie Ten Boom, the White Rose group, and Anne Frank are inspiring in how they walked out their faith, stood strong in chaos…even in the moments of being terrified…and are now legacies. Very excited to read Lady Amanda’s new book!! 📚🥰

  9. Diana Hardt

    I liked the blurb and post. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Megan

    I’m so fascinated by the people that chose to risk it all by working in behind the scenes or in the Underground, and actively worked to undermine the Nazis and help the Allies.

  11. Pamela S Allstrom

    It always good to be reminded of the courage of our ancestors, and to be aware of current circumstances to watch for.

  12. Arletta

    I have a fascination with WWII fiction. We visited Austria just so I could tour a concentration camp. Another place that impacted me was the book burning in the square in Salzburg.

  13. Vivian Furbay

    I like to read fiction and nonfiction books on WW@. The best one I’ve read lately is The Unanswered letter by Faris Cassell. It is a true story. I sure would like to read the Socialite.

  14. Vivian Furbay

    Boy, did I screw up in my comment! Sorry about that! I would really like to read The white Rose Resists.

  15. Merry

    I like that during a dark time of despair in history there were still brave people who shined for truth and goodness.

  16. Carolyn Tye

    Just finished the Regency Brides Collection, which feature a novella by this author. Am very interested in reading another book by Amanda Barratt.

  17. The historical aspect always interests me! I love improbable heroes–ordinary people whose courage makes them heroes! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  18. Debra Branigan

    I am interested in this book because I have read a lot of literature both nonfiction and fiction dealing with this time period. The courage displayed by that generation during that time astounds me. This one sounds great. Best wishes to the author on the novel.

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