The last survivor of the White Rose resistance group, Traute Lafrenz, is dead. She died on March 6 at the age of 103, the White Rose Foundation confirmed to the dpa news agency in Munich on Thursday. Traute Lafrenz was born in Hamburg in 1919 and moved from the Hanseatic city to Munich University in 1941 as a medical student.
There she became friends with Hans Scholl and later brought leaflets from the White Rose to Hamburg, among other things.
Lafrenz was arrested in March 1943, charged in April and sentenced to one year in prison. After her release, she was arrested again and finally liberated by US troops in April 1945. She later emigrated to the USA. In 2019 she was awarded the Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic.
The White Rose had organized student resistance in Munich during the National Socialist dictatorship in Germany. The best-known members of the group against the National Socialists, the siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl and their friend Christoph Probst, were executed by the Nazi regime 80 years ago.