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'''Alexander Schmorell''' was a medical student
in Munich during World War II and one of the founding members of the anti-Nazi group, the White Rose. Along with the other members of the White Rose, he tried to rally popular support amongst Germans to try to resist Hitler and the Nazi regime. He was arrested in February 1943, and was executed on [[July 13]], 1943, at Stadelheim Prison in Munich.
Alexander Schmorell was born in Orenburg, Russia, on [[September 16]], 1917 ([[September 3]] on the [[Julian Calendar]]), and was [[baptism|baptised]] in the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox Church]]. His father, Hugo Schmorell, a doctor, was German, although he had been born in Russia, and had lived there most of his life, except for a time when he studied medicine in Germany. His mother, Nataliya Vvedenskaya, was Russian, and was the daughter of a Russian Orthodox [[priest]]. When Alexander was
two years old, his mother died of typhus. His father remarried in 1920. The woman whom he married, Elisabeth Hoffman, was also German, but, like Hugo Schmorell, she had grown up in Russia.
Hugo Schmorell and his family left Russia in 1921 in order to flee the Bolsheviks. With them came Feodosiya Lapschina, Alexander's nanny, under the pretense that she was the widow of Hugo Schmorell's brother. (For this reason, she was buried with the name Franziska Schmorell.) The family settled in Munich, and soon afterward two children, Erich and Natascha, were borne of this union.
Alexander Schmorell was buried behind Stadelheim Prison, in the cemetery at Perlacher Forst. After World War II, the American forces came in and built a base behind Perlacher Forst. When they left in the mid-1990s, they had to sell off the buildings and property. One of the buildings left behind was a church.
By providence, at this time, the [[ROCOR]] in Munich was searching for a church building. They were able to purchase the American church, and in this way, Alexander Schmorell's home parish is now across the street from where his earthly remains are buried.
He is pictured on the iconostasis there , and is expected to be [[ glorification|glorified]] as a [[ saint]] along with the New Martyrs of Russia.
*Dumbach, Annette, and Jud Newborn. ''Shattering the German Night'', Little, Brown, & Co., 1986. (ISBN 0316604135)
*Fürst-Ramdohr, Lilo. ''Freundschaften in der 'Weißen Rose''', Verlag Geschichtswerkstatt Neuhausen, 1995. (ISBN 3931231003)
*Hanser, Richard. ''A Noble Treason: The Revolt of the Munich Students Against Hitler''. Putnam Pub Group, 1979 (ISBN
*Kulturinitiative E.V. Freiburg (Hrg). ''Die Weiße Rose: Gesichter einer Freundschaft'', 2004
*Храмов, Игор. ''Русская душа «Белой розы»'', Оренбургская книга 2001. (ISBN 5945290033)
*[http://www.katjasdacha.com/whiterose/alexbriefe_e.html Letters from Prison (English translation)]
*[http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2007/10print_enorenburg.html Archbishop +Mark's trip to Orenburg on the 90th anniversary of Alexander Schmorell's birth]