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Boston College Hosts Panel on Nazi Resistance

Chestnut Hill, MA (February 2011) --Boston College will host a panel of experts on Nazi resistance on Feb. 23 to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the execution of members of the White Rose, a non-violent, intellectual resistance group consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor.

On February 22, 1943 Hans and Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst were executed by guillotine for their resistance to Nazi terror and oppression.

"Resistance against the totalitarian measures of the Third Reich toward Jews, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, political activists, Roma/Cinti, clergy and intellectuals, took many forms," said event organizers. "Countless average citizens as well as Army generals became totally committed to military or armed, spiritual, philosophical, political, as well as cultural resistance to the Nationalist Socialist government. These panelists will address an array of these anti-Nazi actions."

The panel, convened by Prof. Lorenz Reibling of the Woods College of Advancing Studies at BC, is free and open to the public and will take place Feb. 23 from 7-9:30 p.m. in McGuinn Auditorium, Boston College.

Opening Remarks:  Germany’s Ambassador to the U.S. Klaus Scharioth

Barbarian Acts in a ‘Christian’ Country:  Courageous Resistance of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Other Christians against the Nazi Regime
Presenter: Detlef Garbe is director of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial Museum and  author of Between Resistance and Martyrdom: Jehovah's Witnesses in the Third Reich.  As a noted German historian has offered one of the most extensive analyses of the spiritual resistance of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.         

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Chronicles Nazism and Resistance
Presenter: Robert Buckley has been a Consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since 1985, traveling extensively throughout Europe, Israel and Canada, collecting concentration camp uniforms, I. D. Cards, correspondence from the camps, and video taping over 180 interviews. His interviews include, Jews, Communists, Handicapped, Jehovah's Witnesses, French and Polish Resistance, American POWs, Hitler Youth and SS. He also has consulted on documentaries with ABC TV, ITV of England and other international television productions. 

German Resistance to Hitler – Scope and Limitations
Presenter: Peter Hoffmann is author of The History of the German Resistance, 1933-1945 and the forthcoming Carl Goerdeler and the Jewish Question, 1933-1942, among other significant works on the Third Reich. Hoffmann, the William Kingsford Professor of History at McGill University in Montreal, is considered one of the leading international scholars of German Resistance during the Third Reich.

The Legacy of the White Rose Resistance Movement
Presenter: Boston College Professor John J. Michalczyk, documentary film producer of Nazi Medicine: In the Shadow of the Third Reich, and editor of  Resisters, Rescuers, Refugees, as well Medicine, Ethics, and the Third Reich, will offer an historical perspective of the White Rose resistance efforts against the totalitarian regime of the Third Reich.

Information:  Prof. Michalczyk:

Sponsors:  Woods College of Advancing Studies; The Laura and Lorenz Reibling Family Foundation; Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany (US); Fine Arts/Film Studies Program; Faith, Peace and Justice Program; German Studies Department; Jewish Studies Program.