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UNLV exhibit details the White Rose Nazi resistance group

An exhibit chronicling White Rose, a student resistance group which used nonviolent tactics to oppose the Nazi regime during World War II at the University of Munich in 1942, on display at Lied LIbrary on the campus of UNLV on Tuesday, May 114, 2013.
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White Rose Exhibit

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White Rose exhibit
Through August 22; Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.
UNLV’s Lied Library, 895-2100

In 1942, a group of students at the University of Munich formed the White Rose Nazi-resistance group in an attempt to rescue Germans from Hitler’s influence.

Having heard of (and in the case of one student, witnessed) the atrocities, they distributed anonymous leaflets—calling for passive opposition—through the mail and around campus and marked their opposition on buildings, until they were caught. Six were arrested by the Gestapo and beheaded in 1943, including Sophie Scholl, subject of an Oscar-nominated 2005 film. Their final leaflet was smuggled out of the country and dropped over Germany by Allied Forces. It reportedly contained this sobering plea: “The German name will be dishonoured forever if German youth does not rise up, to revenge and atone at once, to destroy their tormentors and build up a new spiritual Europe. Students! The German nation looks to us!”

Through August 22, UNLV’s Lied Library will host a White Rose exhibit, featuring photos, text and biographies of the students who, along with a philosophy professor, spoke out against the insanity sweeping across their nation.

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