At times, Sophie Scholl’s involvement and significance within the White Rose resistance has been marginalized (along with that of other women); yet at others she has been transformed into an icon, co-opted and invested with meaning in ways that silence her own unique voice. To what extent can speak of an instrumentalization of Sophie Scholl in post-war German memory?
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Alexandra Lloyd is a Fellow by Special Election in German Studies at St Edmund Hall, and Lecturer in German at Magdalen College and Trinity College, Oxford. Her main research interests lie in twentieth-century literature and visual culture, and her book ‘Childhood, Memory, and the Nation: Young Lives under Nazism in Contemporary German Culture’, will be published in Legenda’s Germanic Literatures series in 2020. In 2019 Alex was awarded a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) to support a collaboration with the Munich-based Weiße Rose Stiftung (White Rose Foundation). She also received a Teaching Excellence Award from Oxford’s Humanities Division.