Munich (dpa/lby) - The permanent exhibition on the history of the White Rose resistance group in the Munich Palace of Justice is being renewed. "The National Socialists turned the Palace of Justice into a place of injustice during the Nazi era," said Bavaria's Justice Minister Georg Eisenreich (CSU) in Munich on Thursday, referring to the execution of the siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl and their comrade-in-arms Christoph Probst on April 22. February 1943 80 years ago. "The fate of the courageous resistance fighters reminds us that the state and society must consistently defend themselves against hate, exclusion and anti-democratic thinking."
Since 2007 there has been a permanent exhibition in Hall 253 of the Palace of Justice, which is scheduled to open in revised form in April. It shows how the National Socialists systematically undermined the rule of law from 1933 in order to assert their power and eliminate political opponents, explained Eisenreich. The processing of the unjust justice after 1945 will also be considered.
Probst and the Scholl siblings were sentenced to death on February 22, 1943 in the then jury courtroom of the Palace of Justice and beheaded with the guillotine on the same day in the Stadelheim prison. On April 19, 1943, the trial against 14 other accused of high treason began - in room 216, today 253, the location of the permanent exhibition. Kurt Huber, Alexander Schmorell and Willi Graf received their death sentences here. Huber and Schmorell were executed on July 13, 1943, Graf on October 12. Finally, on January 29, 1945, the Nazis murdered Hans Leipelt.