UNLV Libraries is proud to present the White Rose Exhibit, a chronicle of a non-violent student resistance movement against the Nazi regime.
In 1942 a group of German university students, with the support of their philosophy professor, created and distributed leaflets calling for fellow students and citizens to rise up against Hitler’s tyranny. Putting their lives on the line, they denounced the crimes against humanity committed by his dictatorship. They were apprehended and tried in the Nazi People’s Court. In 1943 seven members were executed and many others received severe punishment. Their heroic acts to stand up for what they believed in, even knowing the consequences if caught, define true courage. The display consists of large photos of the students, including brother and sister leaders Hans and Sophie Scholl and professor Kurt Huber, with descriptive narratives of the group’s extraordinary efforts.