Evolution of Memory: Volume I, Part 5. 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:
- Parenthesis: About the Russian Front
- Service on the Russian Front
- Farewell party on July 22, 1942
- Journey to Russian Front
- The Warsaw Ghetto
- German brutality in Warsaw
- Alexander Schmorell on the Russian Front
- "Going Russian"
- Return trip from Russia to Munich
- Graduation from university in Munich, February 1944
- Contact with Katharina Leipelt
- Military service, March through October 1944
- Reasons for requesting transfer to the Italian Front
- Military service in Italy
- Treatment of wounded American soldiers
- How Wittenstein was wounded
- Capture and escape in Italy
- Christoph Probst's family, May 1945
- Return to Beilstein
- Freiheits Aktion Bayern
- Life in Beilstein after the war
- Literary ambitions
- Studies in Heidelberg
- Activities in 1947
- The CIC
- Marriage to Elisabeth Hartert
- Emigration to the USA and early life on the East Coast
- The move to Denver
- Wittenstein's family
- Life in California
- Elisabeth's death and marriage to Christel Bejenke
- Inge Aicher-Scholl
- Else Gebel
- Movies about the White Rose
- Books about the White Rose
- Reception of White Rose history in Germany
- Return trips to Germany
- Historical revision debate with Harald Steffahn
ISBN 978-1-7376925-8-4. Printed on acid-free paper. 72 pages.