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Remembering Resistance: The White Rose Exhibit

Monday, October 6, 2014

Duquesne University | October 6th–9th
Rodef Shalom Congregation | October 12th–18th
Winchester Thurston | October 20th-24th
Shadyside Academy | October 27th–31st
Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV | November 2nd–14th
Washington Jefferson College in Washington, PA | November 16th-21st
Old Trail School in Bath, OH | December 1st–5th

The White Rose photo exhibit has visited universities, schools, libraries and community centers all over the United States and chronicles the brief yet intense bloom of the Weiße Rose student resistance against the Nazi regime, showing 47 panels with historic photographs and biographical narratives about the movement's principles and its aims. In order to create student engagement and make the topic educationally applicable Classrooms without Borders is creating 'student panels', which will showcase the artwork of Pittsburgh area students that expresses how the legacy and morality of resistance inspires their lives. Moreover, on September 6th CWB will host a workshop for German teachers that discusses educational material and lesson plans that help them bring the legacy of the White Rose to the classroom.
Formed in 1942 by Ludwigs-Maximilians-University students in Munich, the White Rose was a small, non-violent Nazi resistance group in Germany, which spearheaded a nine-month anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign calling for an active opposition to Adolf Hitler's brutal regime and for an end to the war. After their capture by the Gestapo, seven core members of the group were executed in February 1943 (amongst them the siblings Sophie and Hans Scholl and philosophy professor Kurt Huber) and many more imprisoned. Their "Manifesto of the Students of Munich" leaflet was dropped by Allied planes over Germany in June 1943.
As part of the programming surrounding the exhibit, Classrooms Without Borders will screen the movie 'Sophie Scholl – The Final Days' in various locations. The movie chronicles the last days of the White Rose, and more specifically, Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine Sophie Scholl. Using historical records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial in a Nazi court and sentence in 1943 Munich. In her cross-examination by the Gestapo, Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless.

The exhibit is scheduled to start at Duquesne University from October 6th–10th. It will move to Rodef Shalom Congregation from October 12th–18th, where on October 12th Sophie Scholl - The Final Days will be screened in Levi Hall at 12:30pm. On October 20th, the exhibit will open at Winchester Thurston School with a Day of Learning for Pittsburgh private schools, which will feature invited speaker Dr. Anne Nelson (expert on German resistance studies and professor at Columbia University) as well as the honorary German consul. Dr. Anne Nelson will give a radio interview with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh on KQV Radio Station, and then lecture on "The Art of Resistance: Nazi and Anti-Nazi Artists, Their Vision and Their Actions" at 7pm at Rodef Shalom Congregation (free and open to the public). The exhibit will leave Winchester Thurston on October 24th, and will then be hosted by Shadyside Academy from October 27th–31st. Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV, will host the exhibit from November 2nd–14th, with an opening reception on November 2nd, featuring a talk by Dr. Jeff Rutherford on 'Resistance vs. Widerstand'. On November 5th, Dr. Adam Oberlin, teacher of German at the Linsly School, and Isabel Ranner, coordinator of the White Rose exhibit, will speak on the White Rose from 1:30 – 3:30pm at West Liberty State University. On November 16th, the exhibit will open at Washington Jefferson College in Washington, PA, with a reception and a movie screening of Sophie Scholl. Finally, the exhibit will be hosted by Old Trail School in Bath, OH, from December 8th – 12th.

To borrow 'Sophie Scholl - The Final Days' or get more information on the exhibit and its surrounding events, please contact exhibit coordinator Isabel Ranner at isabel.ranner.cwb@gmail.com.