Last night there was a presentation at Arizona State University put on by Hillel. The author of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, Dr. Jud Newborn, pictured, spoke to us about his book which tells the story of Sophie, her brother and their friend, who were Christian students at the University of Munich that were former Hitler Youth Fanatics and ultimately became "The White Rose," the greatest heroes of anti-Nazi resistance. Ultimately Sophie and her brother distributed six different pamphlets all over Germany and Poland before being caught and killed by the Nazis. Dr. Newborn then moved into current events and sited many examples of heroes today. The White Rose group’s motto was, “We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in Peace!” It was very powerful to see the first of the White Rose fliers distributed at the end of the presentation. Hillel will be showing a movie on Sophie Scholl Feb. 5, email me for details.
After the presentation I met Samuel Harris, who is an author, and Holocaust Survivor who is involved with the opening a new Holocaust museum in Chicago this spring, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Designed by Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman, this three-part, 65,000-square-fooot building is to be the Midwest’s largest center devoted to teaching what organizers call “the universal lessons of the Holocaust.” In Skokie, along the Edens Expressway, it is scheduled to open April 19. Sam is pictured here, on the right with my friends, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sutz. Robert is a remarkable Holocaust artist who makes life masks. We look forward to hosting an event soon to showcase Dr. Henry’s Oertelt's mask.