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Interdisciplinary topics
Interdisciplinary topics on the subject of White Rose or German resistance we would like to see researched in-depth include the following:

  • Analysis of all three White Rose trials by someone well-versed in National Socialist "law" - they seem to differ from a legal standpoint, and it could be interesting to understand why. (Also the buendische trials...)  SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Similarly: A comparison of the legal strategies employed by the various defense counsel. Was any of it legitimate? Was there a noticeable difference between the defense that was actually paid for (e.g. Schmorell's defense counsel) and the court-appointed counsel? SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Study of the literature (both secular and religious) that was read by the friends of the White Rose. This is a vast topic, so no bidding wars are necessary. Each individual had a unique reading list, and the group as a whole was not a "whole" - i.e., some read certain books together, while other subgroups read different books and lectures. Did what they read make a difference in their individual approaches?
  • Same for the music they listened to (with same comment about diversity), as well as concerts and theater productions they attended. Please specify pop music, classical music, theater, movies, and other (e.g. variety clubs).
  • We would love to have an architecture + history major track the changes in Munich, Stuttgart, and Ulm from 1937 to 1945 (but especially to October 1943). Read blueprints to know exact layouts of major structures (university, Justizpalast, Stadelheim Prison, the Kaserne, the various White Rose residences in all cities with street and house plans) as they knew them. And what changed with the bombings: When neighboring houses were destroyed and to what extent. Anneliese Knoop-Graf once noted that this aspect of White Rose history is the most distorted, because despite best intentions, the survivors can only remember the physical buildings as they have seen them in recent years. This detail has been all but lost. Especially due to the movies that have been made... SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • In short, Blumberg. This place affected Sophie Scholl deeply. It's where she was suicidal. All three books in our History bibliography are in German, and all are ... glossed over. To be kind. SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • The Vollmoeller industries (especially Vollmoeller Mode in Berlin) during the Third Reich. Ask us why. SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Euthanasia/eugenics, in particular researching various friends and family members that White Rose "survivors" have described as sacrificed to this program. What is true and what is not? And specifically addressing the work done at the facility in Zwiefalten. This can be two separate projects if there is enough material. SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Comparison of the Hitler Youth organizations in Munich, Stuttgart, Ulm, and Saarbruecken. SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Was there any correlation between Nazi pogroms and Jewish holidays (including Shabbat)? Focusing especially on Munich, Ulm, Stuttgart, and Saarbruecken. SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Nail down an oft-repeated legend: It is said that during a Hitler speech in Ulm in 1933, someone cut the cables to his microphone, and he vowed not to come back to the city. But Susanne Hirzel noted that he did return much later; she does not recall a speech, just an appearance. This is too good to leave dangling. Will it float [TM David Letterman]? SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • The actual relationship between Harnack and Bonhoeffer resistance groups. They were cousins, but was there really an overlap in their resistance efforts? If so, what did it look like? SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Policies regarding private ownership of automobiles from 1938 - 1945. Believe it or not, this is a "Streitpunkt" in more than one part of the story. SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Detlef Bald missed a perfect chance to render this topic moot. He chose to believe Wittenstein's docs without asking questions about authenticity, and blew it. So: We would very much like to see a military analysis of who saw what when. For example, follow Hans Scholl's movements through Belgium, Luxembourg, and France in 1940. Track Willi Graf over his extended assignment with the 252nd. And so on. Help those of us who are not military historians understand the real role that being part of the Wehrmacht had on the individuals in the White Rose (or other resistance efforts throughout Germany). If you are willing to tackle every single soldier of the White Rose and do the tedious-dusty archives work, this could be a phenomenal project. Read Bald's book first (check it out at a library, don't buy it) to know what NOT to do. SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Lutheran and Catholic church holidays in Bavaria, Wuerttemberg, and the Saarland during the Third Reich. What became of them? Were any discontinued? Dates changed? How did Hitler-mania affect the celebration of religious holy-days? SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • We will look at proposals that deal with religion and the White Rose, but know in advance that these stand the least chance of acceptance. The topic has been done to death, and 99% of the time, the author has gotten it wrong. I would recommend that if you are Catholic, you do Lutheran aspects of White Rose in particular and German resistance in general, and if you are Lutheran, the Catholic aspects, and so on. Emotion seems to get in the way of unbiased scholarship when you mix religion and German resistance (especially White Rose). If you think YOU can get it right, then query away! SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • The role and function of the Studentenkompanie, especially in Munich? SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: No book for this one.
  • Another military question: What were the requirements for promotion to sergeant, and then to the next level? What was the requirement for promotion to 'morale officer' in the Wehrmacht? In general, what sort of paperwork had to be filed? If you can find the paperwork that Scholl, Schmorell, Graf, Wittenstein et al filed for their respective promotions (and the paperwork that Hans Scholl filed for his two attempts to become a higher-ranking officer), all the better. SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • The RAD camp in Krauchenwies. We got pictures only and interviewed two people onsite. It deserves at least an essay! SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Not everything can be dreadfully serious. We would love to see research into all the various places they went skiing. Similarly, a paper about the products they call by name in diaries and letters would be fascinating and un-boring. SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Psychology of the White Rose. Profiles of each individual student, what made them tick, what their strengths and weaknesses were. Note that Scholls must wait until censorship is lifted, so don't even query for them. SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Lilo Fuerst-Ramdohr believes that their political likemindedness was not actually the decisive factor in the friendships that came to be called the White Rose. She argues that all except Scholls came from extremely dysfunctional families where they could not communicate with parents whom they could not trust (and Ruth Sachs contends that Hans and Sophie Scholl also did - Inge just masked it with well-woven legend post-war). This may be a project that will have to be tackled one family at a time, although the overarching concept could also be addressed with all families considered. But we believe that ultimately, this study will be the key that unlocks the most White Rose secrets and finally allows us to understand the nature of informed dissent, civil disobedience, and what draws most people to act in unison with a select group of friends. SE: Open. WP: Open. BK: Open.
  • Think of something that is not on this list? Talk to us!

    We are also looking for a Law Department at any university with a strong emphasis on international law and intellectual property law. The Scholl, Wittenstein, and Mueller censorship of documents borders on criminal. We would like to talk to a Law School that would not be afraid to take on the German government if necessary to get the archives opened, and failing that, to get them removed to the National Archives of the United States of America or to the library holdings of the university whose law school handles the case.
    Because the Ulmer Chronik speaks of unbelievable sums of money that our government paid to Inge Scholl and Otl Aicher. Her applications for Marshall Funds and related (e.g. John McCloy and Ford Foundation monies) need to be reviewed to see if she properly disclosed her Nazi activities as Ringfuehrerin (which by law should have disqualified her for post-war U.S. grants). And the money trail needs to be followed to determine how much went to the Scholl Archives, with its heavily censored documents.
    What's missing? In addition to access to about 90% of Scholl documents (per Dr. Inge Jens), the Hirzel Gestapo interrogation transcripts are "gesperrt" or blocked. Mueller, Wittenstein, and Inge Scholl transcripts are suspiciously "missing" from the Bundesarchiv in Berlin. De-Nazification files  blocked.
    And frankly, it is impossible to know the full scope of the White Rose story in particular, and German resistance in general - who was good and who was NOT (e.g., who was a mole for the Gestapo) - until these documents are released. It is a national disgrace that access is blocked.
    If you should learn that ANY of these documents have recently been released, please contact us, and we will remove that reference from this page.


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