The White Rose Exhibit / Die Weiße-Rose-Ausstellung

The White Rose pavement memorial outside the main entrance of Munich University.

This traveling exhibit, presented by White Rose Foundation e. V. of Munich, Germany, chronicles The White Rose, a small non-violent, student-led Nazi Resistance movement active in Germany in 1942-1943.

White Rose resistance group members Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, and Christoph Probstin, 1942. Photo courtesy of the White Rose Foundation.

On display Jan. 22 – March 30
University Library
James W. Miller Learning Resources Center
First Floor West.


“In 1942 and 1943, students at the University of Munich (Bavaria, Germany) led an underground campaign calling for the German people to actively resist the policies, actions, and especially the acts of aggression of the Nazi government. Under the name of ‘The White Rose,’ group members created mimeographed leaflets, leaving them in public spaces and mailing copies to German citizens 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 tried, condemned to death, and 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.

Now more than 70 years later, the White Rose is one of the most widely known resistance groups in German history. It has been the subject of several books and films. The White Rose Exhibit commemorates the bravery and integrity of a group of students in the face of political evil and popular indifference.”

— Dr. Carol Leibiger, The White Rose Exhibit / Die Weiße-Rose-Ausstellung, University of South Dakota Libraries (used with permission)

Author Jud Newborn presents on his book, 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Ritsche Auditorium.

Campus Events:

Speaking Truth to Power: The White Rose Student Anti-Nazi Resistance — And Heroes in the Fight for Human Rights Today” presented by Jud Newborn, co-author of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose. Newborn will be available to sign copies of the recently released special edition, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the White Rose.

Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall


Film screening of “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days,” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in Miller Center 122.

Film screening of “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days,” a dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose. The film will be followed by a question an answer session.

Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Miller Center Auditorium, MC 122

Learn more:

The White Rose
The German Resistance Memorial Center provides information on the White Rose and biographies of its members.

White Rose
The Holocaust Encyclopedia, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum gives an overview of the White Rose.

Audio Files on Topics Related to the White Rose
The White Rose Foundation offers audio files about the members, activities, and times of the White Rose in English and German.