Graphic Novel 'Freiheit' Brings World War II Resistance to Life

Courtesy of Andrea Grosso Ciponte/Plough Publishing House
The project tells the true story of a group of anti-fascist student propagandists.

To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, The Hollywood Reporter has a preview of FREIHEIT!: The White Rose Graphic Novel, a historical graphic novel about a doomed student resistance group in Nazi Germany. The project debuts next month.

The upcoming graphic novel from Italian artist Andrea Grosso Ciponte retells the real life story behind the White Rose, an underground resistance movement in Germany during the Second World War known for creating propaganda calling for uprisings against Nazis — and one that was crushed by the Gestapo less than a year after its creation.

Each of the leaders of the movement, executed in 1943, was aged 25 or younger when they died, with the youngest, Sophie Scholl, just 21 years old. But although the White Rose lost its leaders, the spirit of the group continues to inspire young activists to this day, a fact that Ciponte’s graphic novel underscores, placing events into a larger historical context via additional quotes and commentary from German writers and historians.

Published by Plough Publishing House, FREIHEIT!: The White Rose Graphic Novel will be available in bookstores on Feb. 16, 2021. Look below for an exclusive preview.