Plans are under way for an exhibit highlighting The White Rose ("die Weiße Rose") resistance movement in Nazi Germany to visit the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit, created and sponsored by the Munich-based White Rose Foundation (Weiße Rose Stiftung), has already made stops in Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, New York, and Iowa with future exhibits planned in Pensylvania, Massachusetts, and California. Other cities will be added through 2013. Come back soon for more information on the exhibit dates and venues in the Pacific Northwest.
University of Oregon | Jan 5 - Mar 20, 2015
University of Portland | April 12-17, 2015
University of Washington | Nov 9, 2013 - Jan 27, 2014
Washington State University | Feb 3, 2014 - Mar 7, 2014
Pacific Lutheran University | Mar 11, 2014 - Apr 1, 2014
Formed in 1942 by University of Munich students, The White Rose was a small, non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany that spearheaded a nine-month anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign calling for active opposition to Adolf Hitler's regime. Primary members of the group included Sophie and Hans Scholl, Alexander Schmorell, Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, Dr. Kurt Huber, Hans Leipelt, Traute Lafrenz, Katharina Schueddekopf, Marie-Luise Jahn and George Juergen Wittenstein. Seven members of the group were executed in 1943 and many others were imprisoned. Two of The White Rose members survived the ordeal, Dr. George Juergen Wittenstein who currently lives in Santa Barbara and Mrs. Traute Lafrenz-Page, who immigrated to the US in 1947 and now lives in South Carolina.
If you are interested in getting involved with The White Rose Exhibit through any of the activities below, send an email or call the local contact below.
- Host the Exhibit. Schools, universities, museums, community centers, etc. are still needed to host the exhibit. The exhibit consists of 47 panels (27.5 x 39.4 inches) transported in an aluminum box (47.25 x 29.5 x 7.1 inches; weight: 220 lb). Panels can be mounted on a wall like pictures or hung from the ceiling or a scaffold. A freestanding version of the exhibit is also being developed. Examples of installed exhibits can be found on in the 'Resources' area below (see White Rose Foundation Facebook Page and various articles).
- Join the Steering Committee. Volunteers are needed to help plan and support the exhibit's journey in the Pacific Northwest
- Become a Community Co-sponsor. Community Co-sponsors are organizations and businesses that help promote the the exhibit through announcements, emails, websites, and other media. All Community Co-sponsors will be listed on our website and printed materials.
- Become a Supporting Co-sponsor. Although the The White Rose Foundation has provided the exhibit free of cost, some expenses are incurred in association with the exhibit such as local shipping and storage. Thus, financial contributions are welcome and appreciated. All Supporting Co-sponsors will be listed on our website and printed materials.
Washington State Information & Resources
Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center
- Short URL for this post: http://tinyurl.com/white-rose-pnw
- Local Volunteer: Sean Schmidt E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 206-325-0886
- Contact for booking: Angelika Kretschmann E: email@example.com T: 011 49 89 20328560
- White Rose Foundation Website (In German)
- Foundation Facebook Page
- Article on German Embassy website
- Short video at National Conference of Social Studies, Denver Nov. 2010
- Article in German World Magazine
- Arts Center of on the Hudson post on the exhibit, 2010