SANSARA is an award-winning vocal ensemble focused on the performance of a cappella choral music. You can listen to examples of their work here. The White Rose Project was delighted to partner with SANSARA to devise and perform a concert of music and readings on 22 February 2020, the 77th anniversary of the first White Rose trials and executions. This short film introduces the project.
The programme included renaissance and contemporary choral works and excerpts from the letters and diaries of the White Rose in a new English translation by student members of the White Rose Project. The majority of these texts had never appeared in English before. The performance was part of the Humanities Cultural Programme and was the first grant to be awarded by the fund. The event featured on BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight on 21 February 2020. Listen to the programme here.
Die Weiße Rose Stiftung e.V. | The White Rose Foundation (Munich)
The objective of the White Rose Foundation membership association is to uphold the memory and legacy of the resistance group The White Rose against National Socialism. The foundation hosts a permanent exhibition in the DenkStätte Weiße Rose in Munich as well as travelling exhibitions, events and educational historical projects about the White Rose and their resistance against the national socialist dictatorship.
It is a special concern of the Foundation to make the White Rose’s legacy meaningful in our day and time. Dr Hildegard Kronawitter, the First Chairperson of the Foundation, explains more about its work here. During the academic year 2019-2020 the Foundation is the official partner of the White Rose Project for the Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme at the University of Oxford.
Anke Loewensprung is a writer and multi-disciplinary artist. Through installations, performances and dialogue, she is exploring creative experiences of transformation and reconciliation. Working in Munich and Oxford she has been engaged with the story of the ‘White Rose’ student resistance since 2012. Anke designed an on-screen installation, Lighting Matches during Blackout, for the White Rose Resistance symposium in March 2020.
Anke writes about the installation:
In the on-screen installation, Lighting Matches during Blackout, I am taking a fresh look at the story of ‘The White Rose’ student resistance in wartime Munich. By linking historical photographs with my own images, and complementing them with short texts, viewers may enter both actual and in-between spaces, and factual and inner time. In following the students to Munich, to Warsaw, to a small town in Russia and back again, the three most intensive periods of their short lives come into focus. Sharp, black and white contrasts and dreamlike passages take us through their last year, starting in Summer 1942. Space opens up on a visual, poetic, and imaginative level for new insights and perspectives. The piece runs on a loop and lasts about 15 minutes. An accompanying booklet is available at the symposium and on my website.
Although our symposium had to be postponed (due to the Covid-19 outbreak), Anke designed an alternative version which will feature in our Digital Symposium.