Evolution of Memory: Volume I, Part 3. Jürgen Wittenstein. The White Rose Years, 1942-1943.

Evolution of Memory: Volume I, Part 3. Jürgen Wittenstein. The White Rose Years, 1942-1943.

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Evolution of Memory: Volume I, Part 3. By Denise Elaine Heap.

Volume I traces the evolution of Wittenstein's alleged participation in White Rose resistance from his earliest days of speaking and writing about it in 1947/48, then in the 1980s, to its current state.

The author ably demonstrates how Wittenstein's "memory" has evolved as scholarship has improved. Things he didn't know, or "remembered" incorrectly in the late 80s and early 90s? Suddenly he gets them "right" - after researchers have written about those topics.

Uses actual words, documented for everyone to see and hear. Side by side comparisons make for convincing arguments! It becomes painfully clear that Wittenstein was not a member of the White Rose, and that his many essays and speeches whitewash a questionable past.

This volume contains:

  • Introductory words
  • People of the White Rose
  • Otl Aicher
  • Hubert Furtwängler
  • Willi Graf
  • Wolfgang Jaeger
  • Marie-Luise Jahn
  • Hans Leipelt
  • Christoph Probst
  • Gisela Schertling
  • Alexander Schmorell
  • Hans Scholl
  • Sophie Scholl
  • The "nucleus"
  • Introductions facilitated
  • Wittenstein's "befriending" the nucleus
  • Falling out between Hans Scholl and Hellmut Hartert
  • Gestapo file on Wittenstein
  • Circle of friends around Scholl and Schmorell
  • Carl Muth and Theodor Haecker
  • White Rose name and origins
  • Resistance and leaflets
  • First four leaflets
  • Wittenstein's "editing" the leaflets
  • Message, content, and goal of leaflets
  • Galen sermon and T-4 program
  • Deportation and murder of Jews
  • Gap in leaflet production
  • White Rose activities after November 1942
  • Wittenstein taking leaflets to Berlin
  • Fifth White Rose leaflet
  • Purchasing materials for leaflets
  • January 13, 1943

ISBN 978-1-7376925-6-0. Printed on acid-free paper. 49 pages.