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Christoph Schiessl

Final Abstract for URS Program

From 1942 to 1943, a small group of university students in Munich produced and distributed a series of leaflets criticizing the Nazi regime and demanding passive resistance from German citizens. These leaflets would later lead to the capture and execution of all six core members as well as several of their associates. The purpose of this presentation is to answer questions that still linger about the White Rose. How were they able to distribute so many leaflets when the Nazi Party controlled every aspect of daily life? Why were they so passionate about resistance when they were not members of a targeted group? How did they differ from other resistance groups in Nazi Germany? Finally, I will analyze how Germans reacted to their story during and immediately after the war and what lessons we can learn from the White Rose today.

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