Sunday 28 February 2010

Today’s Flowers #82 – White roses for purity

White roses for purity . . .

The White Rose (die Weiße Rose) was a movement founded by University of Munich students and their philosophy professor to resist Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime. The group conducted an anonymous leaflet campaign from June 1942 until February 1943 calling for active, non-violent opposition.
The six founder members were arrested by the Gestapo and beheaded in 1943 but the text of their last leaflet was smuggled out of Germany through Scandinavia and into UK where it was edited.  Allied planes dropped millions of copies over Germany in that year.
The White Rose of York (Rosa alba) is an heraldic symbol of the House of York and is now regarded as a symbol for Yorkshire. It represented the Virgin Mary, often called 'The Mystical Rose of Heaven'. White  symbolises light, innocence, purity, joy and glory.

Thank you to the Today's Flowers team for hosting this lovely meme. If you would like to see more flowers from around the world, please click here.


  1. White is so often hard to photograph. These are beautiful!
    I especially like the first one. Really nice when enlarged.

  2. Thank you for the historical information. I didn't know about the White Rose movement in Nazi Germany. That's fascinating!

    These are lovely photos of white roses.

  3. Lovely white roses. I didn't know about the White Rose society and found your blog very interesting.

  4. Very simple but elegant.

  5. Thank you everyone! I was checking on the House of York white rose and came across the information about the White Rose resistance group. Barry had heard of it - he's very interested in military history - but hadn't realised it had been so influential. It's a pity it's not more widely known.


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