Center for White Rose Studies focuses on more than simply White Rose resistance. We are committed to the same level of research into other German -- and non-German -- resistance movements as we have committed to White Rose.
Below are the next projects on our slate. Watch this Web site for additions, and for additional more in-depth descriptions of what we wish to accomplish. Sign up for our newsletter to stay current!
All project titles below are working titles only.
- Churches and alignment. Taking primary source documents for churches in Germany during the Third Reich: Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, other Freikirchen, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Jehovah's Witness. We will obtain minimum of one "bad" and one "good" example of each, to better understand how anti-Nazi clergy came to their conclusions, and why others chose to align.
- Helmut ("Helle") Hirsch. Twenty-one when he was executed for a planned assassination attempt, Helle Hirsch in a unique case in the annals of anti-Nazi resistance. He was German, American, and Jewish. There are several existing biographies about this young man. We want to dig deeper.
- Edelweiss Pirates. We do not intend to duplicate existing research. We are looking for actual Gestapo interrogation transcripts, trial transcripts, and related primary source materials.
- Family history project. The LDS Family History Library microfilmed dozens of family "newsletters" published during the Third Reich. These newsletters generally spanned about fixe or six years of genealogical research carried out to prove a family's "Aryan" status. However, in addition to the latest work on the family tress, the families shared stories about daily life, family reunions, moving sermons, Kraft durch Freude vacations, and political considerations. In other words, these newsletters provide a snapshot of daily life under Hitler, unfiltered by postwar reinvention.
- Rudi Alt, Helmut Bauer, Heinrich Bollinger, Willi Bollinger. These four young men took part in White Rose resistance, but have been largely ignored. We would like to publish their Gestapo interrogation transcripts and related documents in English translation, and publish a book dedicated to their activities. We are also interested in the reasons for their transcripts being largely stored in Washington, DC and not German location. Was there more to their resistance than meets the eye?