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Dachau Concentration Camp and the White Rose

29/08/2016 - 13:18-1 Comment by | republic_of_china flag

In this post, I would like to introduce two events in Nazi Germany, Dachau concentration camp („KZ Dachau“) and the resistance White Rose („die Weiße Rose“) in LMU, which I learned from the summer language course. The history of the World War II had a great influence to the contemporary Germany. Moreover, the way that Germany faced the past deserves to be learned by other nations.

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KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau

There are three excursions during the summer course, namely Salzburg, Castle Neuschwanstein and KZ Dachau. On the excursion to KZ Dachau, participants can choose English or German guided tour. Because I have learned German for a while, I attend the German tour and try my best to understand the explanation.

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KZ Dachau located on the outskirts of Munich and it takes about 45 min from LMU to there. At the beginning of the guided tour, we watched a documentary about the history from establishment to liberation. Afterward, the tour guide explained the museum and every building in slow and clear German. Although my German is not very good, I still could understand by means of capturing keywords. The guided tour took about 2 hours and I learned a lot from it. KZ Dachau is not the first concentration camp I have visited, but I still felt sad after the tour (I visited KZ Sachsenhausen in July). I just cannot understand why the systematic massacre happened and a large number of people decided to be loyal the National Socialism („Nationalsozialismus“) instead of resisting. Moreover, genocide does not disappear after the Holocaust and similar things happen again and again nowadays. In my opinion, memorial of concentrations camp are very important for all the human beings, which remind us what happened in the past and we can never forget. We should learn learned the lesson from them at the same time.

Die Weiße Rose

On the first day of the summer course, we are told about the White Rose by our teacher as we stood in the main building, where the nonviolent resistance happened in Nazi Germany. The White Rose was composed of students and a professor at the LMU. From 1942 to 1943, they authored and distributed six leaflets, which called for active opposition, especially to intellectuals, against the Nazi regime. Unfortunately, they were arrested and faced unjust trials, and some of them were were sentenced to death.

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There is also a exhibition about the White Rose at the main building, but most of it are in German, so I cannot understand very much. However, after knowing the White Rose, I feel great respect for the courage against Nazi regime. I ask myself, if I were in the Nazi Germany, would I choose exit, voice or loyalty? I have no answer now.

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Tags: English Blog Post, German Cities, Society & Culture, Summer School 2016

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    As a multimedia dramatic lecturer on the White Rose and Human Rights Heroes Today – based on my definitive book, “Sophie and the White Rose” – I’m glad to see your excellent discussion them. I think anyone visiting Munich should make the Weiße Rose Stiftung & exhibits at the Uni München a must. Cheers – Jud Newborn, PhD
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/judnewborn

    Comment by Jud Newboen created 29/08/2016 - 17:10

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