Sophie Scholl
(May 9, 1921 - February 22, 1943) was a German student
and Christian anti-Nazi political activist. Both, Sophie and
her brother Hans were members of the White Rose
resistance movement in Nazi Germany. The White Rose was
a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany,
consisting of students from the University of Munich and
their philosophy professor. The group became known for an
anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign, lasting from June
1942 until February 1943, that called for active opposition
to Adolf Hitler's regime.

Painting Analysis by Justin Emmons & Annie Henley,
students at Texas A&M University:
Hans and Sophie's faces are both emanating into light from
the background of darkness, portrayed by the lighter
palette. It appears that the paintings portray the timeless
war between light and darkness with light symbolizing the
virtue of their anti-Nazi, White Rose mission and the
darkness providing an objectification of the Gestapo and
Third Reich. One must also examine the stoicism in their
eyes as they stand defiant and steadfast against the evils
of Hitler's regime.