Oct. 8 – Online Presentation The White Rose Student Anti-Nazi Resistance

Oct. 8 – Holocaust Memorial Center Presentation: The White Rose Student Anti-Nazi Resistance

The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus will host “Speaking Truth to Power: The White Rose Student Anti-Nazi Resistance.” The event featuring author Dr. Jud Newborn will take place online on Thurs., Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. EDT, broadcast live as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required at www.holocaustcenter.org/October.

During the program, Newborn will use stirring music, powerful images and suspenseful storytelling to describe how two fanatical Hitler Youth leaders transformed into the greatest heroes of the German anti-Nazi resistance.

Newborn’s book, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, is based upon extensive research and Scholl’s diary entries about her experience in the White Rose resistance. The Christian German students that comprised the White Rose resistance group wrote and distributed pamphlets about the horrific actions of the Nazis during the Holocaust, encouraging readers to stand up against the Nazis.

“We are honored to have author and dynamic storyteller Dr. Jud Newborn talk about the White Rose resistance,” said Holocaust Memorial Center CEO Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld. “The brave actions of this small group demonstrate the importance of standing up against hate and the potential impact of speaking out against those who are complicit through silence and inaction.”

The White Rose resistance traveled to several major cities in Germany to distribute the pamphlets, including Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart. The resistance group also traveled to Salzburg and other cities in Austria to disseminate the pamphlets.

While the resistance only lasted nine months, it has impacted generations of individuals fighting for freedom and the humane treatment of all.

A historian, author and multimedia lecturer, Newborn is Curator of Special Programs at Long Island’s Cinema Arts Centre. He is an expert on antisemitism and the fight for human rights. In 2018, Newborn was honored by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and presented with the Spirit of Anne Frank Human Writes Award. The Center honors Anne Frank and the continuing relevance of her diary to educate about the dangers of intolerance, antisemitism, racism and discrimination and to inspire every generation to build a world based on mutual respect.

The program is generously supported by Robin & Leo Eisenberg, Karolyn and Arie Leibovitz, Susie and Norman Pappas, Nancy and Sam Shamie and the PNC Foundation.

For additional information visit www.holocaustcenter.org or call 248-553-2400.

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