Who Determines What Becomes History? A Witness' Reflections
The title of this video may be somewhat misleading - George Wittenstein, one of the few surviving members of famous Nazi Germany resistance group 'The White Rose', is not actually reflecting on how people make history, their motivations or the processes involved.
Indeed, in this hourlong talk, recorded at UC Santa Barbara in May 2009, he recounts some of his memories of the fight against Hitler's regime, restoring a bit of color to what has long since become textbook convention.
In this vein, I found Wittenstein's account of his fellow conspirators' arrest particularly poignant - again, a well-known fact (in Germany); yet hearing the story from a man who was actually there - involved, endangered, bereft of colleagues, friends - adds a whole new dimension and does after all justify the title: This is not history. It's His Story. (an)
--Lecture, 59 mins--
--Additional resources (see link box):
• "Memories of The White Rose": Essay by George J. Wittenstein
• Scans and translations of leaflets distributed by the White Rose
• Recommended read: "Sophie Scholl and the White Rose" by Jud Newborn, Annette Dumbach