Saturday, January 10, 2015


In class the other day, Ms. Quinet was telling us about how young Dostoevsky could have been considered a Rasnochintsy (or a intellectual, middle class activist) and that old Dostoevsky would have been extremely apposed to the Rasnochintsy.

The definition of Rasnochintsy reminded me a lot of the White Rose movement in Nazi Germany. I learned about the White Rose movement this summer when Dr. Vaccaro had us watch a movie on it prior to visiting Munich. The White Rose movement was an intellectual resistance group that consisted of students. The students put together anti-Nazi leaflets and graffiti. After we watched the movie, we got to visit the University in which the leaflets were distributed and where some of the members of the White Rose movement were arrested. The movie is called Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. I would highly recommend it, especially to anyone who is really interested in WWII history, like I am.

1 comment:

Bonnie Cash said...

Nice comparison! She also mentioned that the majority of those in the Rasnochintsy were students. Similarly, Sophie and Hans Scholl were students at the University of Munich. Like Isabel said, they distributed pamphlets throughout the school, and were soon arrested. Their job was basically to insight rebellion and questioning among the masses who conformed. While Dostoevsky wasn't part of the Rasnochintsy, he did insight rebellion as part of the Petrashevsky circle.