Traute Lafrenz, the past known subsister of a German group known arsenic the White Rose that actively resisted the Nazis, has died. She was 103.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed his condolences to her household Friday, describing Lafrenz arsenic a "wonderful and immeasurably brave woman."
"Your parent was 1 of the fewer who, successful the look of the crimes of National Socialism, had the courageousness to perceive to her conscience and basal up to dictatorship, fascism and war."
According to an obituary published successful The Charleston Post and Courier, Lafrenz died connected March 6. She had emigrated to the United States aft the war, marrying chap doc Vernon Page and yet retiring to South Carolina.
Traute Lafrenz, the past surviving subordinate of Germany's World War II-era White Rose absorption group, died successful South Carolina astatine property 103.
Born successful Hamburg connected May 3, 1919, Lafrenz moved to Munich to survey medicine astatine the property of 22, wherever she met Hans Scholl. Through him she became acquainted with different students who were opposed to the Nazis and months aboriginal took portion successful the White Rose's risky efforts to administer leaflets denouncing Hitler and his regime.
Several members, including Hans and his sister Sophie Scholl, were executed for their activity.
Lafrenz was arrested by the Gestapo concealed constabulary successful 1943 but managed to fell her existent engagement with the radical and was sentenced to conscionable 1 twelvemonth of imprisonment. After her release, she was again detained until American troops freed her from a situation successful Bayreuth successful April 1945, days earlier the extremity of the World War II.
After emigrating, Lafrenz worked astatine a infirmary successful San Francisco, aboriginal surviving successful Hayfork, California, and Evanston, Illinois.
She is survived by a girl and 3 sons, arsenic good arsenic galore grandchildren and great-grandchildren, according to the obituary. A memorial work was planned Saturday for friends and household astatine Yonges Island.
Germany's president said successful his tribute that Lafrenz's actions had served arsenic an "inspiration for young radical who run for state and ideology these days."