In Search of the White Rose_Morality

The Search for the White Rose

Do the standards of morality that a person adheres to, depend on the society that s/he is a part of? Or are these standards independent of the individual’s social context? Where does an individual’s moral-framework come from? And what makes some people ‘adjust’ their moral-code in the face of adversity and certain others, to risk their lives to uphold them?

“In 1942, amidst inexplicable evil and destruction, a small group of University of Munich students and one professor found themselves morally incapable of remaining complicit. Through the publication and distribution of six anti-Nazi leaflets, the members of the White Rose implored their countrymen to rise against the government by asking them to consider the “dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes- crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure- reach the light of day.”

In this documentary, Peter Logue explores the legacy that was left behind by the members of the White Rose after they were executed at the hands of the Gestapo. You can watch the trailer (or rent the documentary for $3) at 

Through extensive interviews with scholars and conversations with current university of Munich students, Logue asks us all to consider what we can learn from the White Rose today and, most importantly, “what would you have done?” holocaust


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