White Rose Resistance Symposium

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In 1943 five students and a professor at the University of Munich were arrested, interrogated, tried, and executed. They were members of The White Rose (Die Weiße Rose), a group that secretly wrote and distributed leaflets calling on the Germans to resist Hitler. The White Rose is not only a moving and compelling story in its own right, but it also speaks more broadly to the power of the written word and the ways in which culture can inform political action. This symposium brings together speakers from a range of disciplines and backgrounds and explores new perspecitves on the group and its legacy.

All events will take place in the Jarvis Doctorow Hall at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday 17 March

2pm Arrival and registration

2.30pm Introduction (Alex Lloyd, University of Oxford)

3pm Panel I

‘“Love and Do What You Will”: Why Theodor Haecker Spoke to the White Rose’ (Helena Tomko, Villanova University)

‘Cult and Commemoration: The White Rose’ (Daniel Lloyd, University of Vienna)

‘The White Rose on the BBC German Service' (Emily Oliver, University of Oxford)

5pm Recital: ‘Voices of the German Resistance - The White Rose in Text and Song’

Lieder recital interspersed with readings from the White Rose members’ pamphlets, letters, and diaries in English (Shulman Auditorium, The Queen’s College)

7.15pm Symposium Dinner (Wolfson Hall, St Edmund Hall)

Wednesday 18 March

9.30am Panel II

‘Telling the Stories of The White Rose: Bearing Witness and Building Empathy Through Oral Storytelling’ (Sarah Brady)

‘Commemoration of the White Rose within Eastern and Western Germany’ (Katie Joy Sanchez, University of Oxford)

‘The White Rose in Brazil: Translation, Reception, Experiences’ (Tinka Reichmann, University of Leipzig)

11am Coffee

11.30am Panel III

‘Circles within Circles: Willi Graf’s Connections to Other Resisters’ (Stephani Richards-Wilson)

‘The White Rose’s Passive Resistance: Sources, Texts, and Contexts’ (Eraldo Souza dos Santos, Panthéon-Sorbonne University/ Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover)

‘Sophie Scholl: Interpreting an Icon’ (Alex Lloyd, University of Oxford)

1pm Lunch

2pm Round Table: On Translation

Charlotte Ryland (The Queen's College Translation Exchange), Louise Mayer-Jacquelin (University of Oxford), and others.

3.30pm Coffee

4pm White Rose: Reading and Discussion

A reading and discussion with Kip Wilson, author of the award-winning Young Adult historical novel-in-verse White Rose.

We are also delighted to host 'Lighting Matches during Blackout' - Student Activism in Wartime Munich - A Vistual Narrative by Anke Loewensprung. Delegates will be able to view the installation during coffee and lunch breaks on 18 March, and a short introduction will be provided on 17 March before the first panel.

Accessibility Information

The Shulman Auditorium, Jarvis Doctorow Hall, and Wolfson Hall are wheelchair accessible.

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Please see the St Edmund Hall website for information on getting here:


Oxford has many hotels ranging from budget to luxury. An alternative worth looking at is University Rooms:


The symposium is convened by the White Rose Project, in association with the Weiße Rose Stiftung Munich and the The Queen’s College Translation Exchange. Contact Dr Alex Lloyd ( for more information.

Attendance is free thanks to a generous grant from The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH); however, places are limited. Registration is required (and early registration is recommended).

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