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February 3-March 7, 2014: The White Rose Exhibit @ WSU

flyer for The White Rose exhibit showing February 3 through March 7, 2014

Campus Location: Terrell Library Atrium, Ground Floor during Holland and Terrell Libraries open hours

Created and sponsored by Munich’s White Rose Foundation (Weiße Rose Stiftung), the WSU Libraries are hosting Die Weisse Rose: The White Rose Exhibit from Feb. 3 to March 7 in the Terrell Library Atrium. The WSU exhibit is part of the Pacific Northwest itinerary, which also includes the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University.

audience seated before a speaker at a podium in the WSU Terrell Library rotunda

David Clay Large at the White Rose Exhibit opening. Photo taken by Nella Letizia.

In 1942 and 1943, University of Munich students led an underground campaign calling for the German people to actively resist the policies imposed by Nazism. Under the name of “The White Rose,” group members created mimeographed leaflets, leaving them in public spaces and mailing copies to members of the intelligentsia whom they felt might respond to their message of peaceful resistance. At night, the students painted slogans against the Nazi regime in a graffiti campaign around the city. Eventually the movement expanded to other German cities, including Hamburg, Berlin, and Vienna.

On Feb. 18, 1943, White Rose members Hans and Sophie Scholl were arrested by the Gestapo after distributing the leaflets in the University of Munich Atrium. Along with another member, Christoph Probst, a married father of three children, the Scholls were executed by guillotine on Feb. 22. Many White Rose members stood trial and faced execution or imprisonment in the months to follow.

The last leaflet of the White Rose was smuggled out of Germany and ultimately air-dropped in large quantities over the country by Allied Forces.

The courage and resolve of the White Rose members are chronicled and remembered through this exhibit.

Article from WSU News on the White Rose Exhibit.

Calendar of Events

Opening Reception: 4 pm, Monday, February 3 - Terrell Library Atrium with author David Clay Large

White Rose Film Series: Tuesdays @ 7 pm February 11, 18, and 25th. CUE 203

Lunch Brownbag/Closing Event Panel Discussion: Friday, March 7th, 12 noon: - "Resisting Hate: The Legacy of the White Rose", Honors College Lounge.


  • C. Richard King, WSU Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies
  • Ted Nitz, Director of International Studies and Associate Professor of History, Gonzaga University
  • Rachel Halverson, Associate Professor of German, Marianna Merritt and Donald E. Matteson Distinguished Professor and Associate Chair, WSU Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures
  • Raymond Sun, Associate Professor of History and Chair, WSU Department of History


Articles and Books on the White Rose Movement

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