Germany is profoundly aware of the historic responsibility it bears toward the Jewish community and toward the State of Israel as a result of the crimes of the Nazi regime. This responsibility, a cornerstone of German policy, requires remembrance, reconciliation and ongoing vigilance now and in the future.
Most of the group’s members were university students in their early to mid-twenties, yet 70 years after its disintegration at the hands of the Nazis, the White Rose is one of the most widely known resistance groups in German history.
The White Rose
For the multimedia project "Traces of German-Jewish Cultural Heritage," Deutsche Welle reporters visited 10 locations around the world. What they found is documented on DW’s website from December 3, 2012.
DW searches for traces of German-Jewish past
Charlotte is 22 and spending nine days in Berlin with a group of Jewish American students and young professionals. "I felt it was important to look into the Holocaust during my first visit to Germany, and not just to visit castles and other pretty things around the country," she said.
Germany Close Up
While the number of Jewish residents in Germany is only a fraction of what it was before the Shoah, Jewish life in Germany is active, vibrant and gaining momentum. Jewish communities in large cities to smaller towns are restoring historic sites of worship and opening new synagogues, schools and community centers.
American journalist Jeff Kelly Lowenstein traveled to Germany looking for answers to questions his father, a survivor of the Holocaust through the Kindertransport, and older relatives couldn't completely provide. Records carefully saved by a good friend of the family finally helped Lowenstein connect with the past.
Quest for Family Roots
Numerous Jewish musicians across Europe were forbidden from performing or publishing their compositions during the Nazi years. Now, a new Center for Ostracized Music aims to recover these lost musical voices.
New Archive Focuses on Silenced Music
Kathrin Meyer is working for the "Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance und Research" (ITF) in Berlin. In an interview she talked about remembrance culture, academic research and remembrance initiatives.
Each year on July 20, the anniversary of the attempted assassination of Hitler, Germany pauses to remember the men and women of the resistance movement who stood up for freedom and human dignity in the face of the Nazi regime, often at the risk of death.