Center for White Rose Studies
The "We Need You" White Rose Survey
To help us better plan for the future, please complete our online survey. If you would like feedback to your responses, please complete the CONTACT INFORMATION section.
Your input is necessary to keep us on track. You keep us focused on primary objectives, and address issues our blinders may prevent us from seeing.
Thanks for your help!
- The Board of Directors of the Center for White Rose Studies
Los Angeles, California USA
Q1. What provided your very first contact with the White Rose story, or stories about other German resistance?
High school or college German or history course
The Inge Scholl book about the White Rose
One of the movies about Sophie Scholl
Friends told me about it
Researching something else
The Tom Cruise movie VALKYRIE
Q2. Which books about the White Rose have you read? Please check all that apply.
At the Heart of the White Rose (Inge Jens)
Sophie Scholl (Barbara Leisner)
Students Against Tyranny (Inge Scholl)
White Rose handout from Goethe Institute
White Rose handout from Weisse-Rose-Stiftung in Munich
Sophie Scholl: The Last Days (Fred Breinersdorfer)
A Noble Treason (Richard Hanser)
Shattering the German Night (Dumbach-Newborn)
Im Geiste der Gemordeten (Barbara Schueler)
Von der Front in den Widerstand (Detlef Bald)
Sophie Scholl (Frank McDonough)
Either of Hermann VInke's books about Sophie Scholl
Ruth Hanna Sachs' White Rose Histories (either Volume I or Volume II, or both)
Other (please list in final comments box)
Q3. I identify most strongly with (choose only one):
Professor Kurt Huber
Q4. Why do you identify most with the person in Question 3 above?
Q5. Have you been to any of the cities associated with the White Rose? Check all that apply.
Not interested - this is soooo irrelevant
Not yet, but I plan to within the next 12 months
Other (please list in final comments box below)
Q6. What do you see as the greatest value of the White Rose story? Or stories about German resistance in general? Please check only one.
It encourages young people to act on their conscience.
It's nice to read about good things in the middle of the Holocaust.
Their story reminds ME to stand up for liberty and justice for all.
Sorry, but I just don't think it's relevant to the 21st century.
Q7. How do you think the story of the White Rose (or German resistance during the Shoah) can be used most effectively in Jewish-German dialog? (Please check all that apply.)
Bring Holocaust survivors together with older Germans.
Hold interfaith meetings e.g. between synagogues and churches.
Sponsor conferences between college students enrolled in German studies, and Hillel organizations on campus.
I don't think it would work at all.
Other. Please explain in final comment box below.
Q8. What type of Holocaust education work have you personally been involved with, either as participant, sponsor, student, or teacher? Please check all that apply.
A general Holocaust education conference or seminar
Yom Ha-Shoah commemoration in a Jewish setting
Interfaith Yom Ha-Shoah commemoration
Secular Holocaust commemoration
Community-wide memorial service that incorporated secular and interfaith components
Play or dramatic reading
Community service days
Other (please explain in Q9 below)
Q9. Please relate the positive and negative aspects of your experiences as noted in Question 8 above. We will use your input when planning our own events.
Q10. How would you like to become involved in our work? Please check all that apply.
Write for one of our publications
Sponsor a conference or seminar
Present ABANDONMENT (Ruth Sachs' White Rose play) at your school or organization
Donate to a specific fund
Donate to our general operations
Volunteer in our archives
Translate documents (German to English)
Other (please explain in final comment box below)
Q11. Please give us your viewpoint on our monthly e-Newsletter.
It's poorly written and should be discontinued.
I look forward to reading it each month.
I only read it in January/February when I'm preparing for White Rose commemoration, or April/May for Yom Ha-Shoah.
Newsletter? What newsletter? How can I subscribe?
I don't care.
Q12. What do you LIKE about the White Rose newsletter? Please check all that apply.
Good historical materials
Inspirational and encouraging
Keeps me current on White Rose topics
Provides research ideas
Useful in my classroom or course work
Other (please explain in Q14 below)
Q13. What do you DISLIKE about the White Rose newsletter? Please check all that apply.
I prefer the Inge Scholl version of the White Rose story.
Needs to be more "academic" in tone.
I just don't like it.
Other (please explain in Q14 below)
Q14. How can we improve the White Rose newsletter? What would you do differently?
Q15. Once our archives are in place, what would you likely use? Please check all that apply.
Original German-language Gestapo interrogation transcripts
Gestapo interrogation transcripts in English translation
Out-of-print books that I cannot find in my own library
Ruth's Microsoft Access database
Other (please explain in final comments section)
Q16. If we had to charge for use of our archives, what would you be willing to pay to use them? Please answer honestly with the maximum you can afford.
I would be willing to make a donation only.
I would not be willing to pay for use of the archives.
I would like to **fund** the archives so others may use them free of charge.
Q17. All right, back to White Rose for a minute. Your favorite part of the White Rose story is...
The April 19, 1943 trial, especially when Professor Huber makes his speech.
The graffiti operation, when Alex, Hans, and Willi paint FREEDOM in Munich.
The leaflets, plain and simple.
When Hans Scholl is about to be executed, and shouts, "Long live freedom!"
When Lilo and Alex ride through Munich's streets trying to outrace the bombers.
When Sophie throws the leaflets over the ballustrade.
Susanne Hirzel's midnight run, mailing the leaflets, bold and afraid all at once.
Willi and Alex's "face-off" during a Gestapo interrogation.
The group's euphoria after the January 13, 1943 student protest.
Q18. Which of the following groups or individuals would you like to see us research in detail next?
Father Jean Bernard
Heinz and Willi Bollinger, Helmut Bauer, Rudi Alt
Helmuth Hübener, Rudolf Wobbe, Karl-Heinz Schnibbe
The BMW leaflet writers
The group in Hamburg around Heinz Kucharsky
The chemistry students in Munich around Hans Leipelt
Other - please explain in Q20 below
Q19. I personally or my organization would like to team up with Center for White Rose Studies (please choose all that apply):
Joint presentation or conference regarding resistance during the Holocaust
Contract with CWRS to lead a group of students on a "White Rose" trip to Germany
Co-sponsor a Jewish-German dialog event
Invite CWRS to participate in my organization's Yom Ha-Shoah event
Request CWRS to speak during a regularly scheduled class on German resistance
Other - please explain below in Q20
Q20. This is your chance to vent, praise, suggest, and comment. Let us know what you're thinking!
Q21. Please give us a better idea about who you are... (Check only one.)
High school student
Undergraduate at community college
Undergraduate at 4-year university
Grad student in Master's program
Grad student in PhD program
High school teacher
Professor/teacher - community college
University professor (adjunct)
University professor (full-time)
Q22. ... and regarding your interests (please check all that apply):
Other (please explain in Q18 above)
Q23. My German language skills are:
Native speaker plus a German dialect
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