He told her what he witnessed. What she did with the truth would change history.
The truth was not an easy thing to know as Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel came of age in Germany during the late 1930s. As a middle school student and youth leader in the girls' Hitler Youth, Sophie would turn against Nazi ideology despite indoctrination and forced attendance at women's propaganda camps. She and her brother and their friends arguably formed one of the most successful campaigns against the Third Reich.
Fritz's life as a career officer in the German Army also became increasingly complex and difficult as the war continued. Throughout six years, and despite the opposite sides that they found themselves on, Sophie and Fritz wrote to one another almost daily. Together they bravely sought to make sense of the incomprehensible, urging one another to persevere in their different battles.
Their correspondence proves that Sophie had first hand knowledge of SS atrocities and that this proof, unbeknownst to her friend, fueled her imperative. Officer Hartnagel would go on to fight one of the war's most horrific battles.
Their story illustrates the moral complexity of Germans living under Hitler and is, ultimately, a story about love.