DAVENPORT, IOWA (October 21, 2022) — Join us, free of charge, at the Figge Art Museum for this engaging and important dialogue with Dr Jud Newborn.

Jud Newborn — a New York-based author who’s an expert on the Holocaust — will speak to Quad Cities audiences Friday, October 21, 6-8PM, on Sophie and Hans Scholl, young Christian siblings (former fanatical Hitler Youth leaders in Germany) who became fearless leaders of The White Rose movement that spoke out against the Nazi regime during World War II.

Newborn will use stirring music, eighty powerful images, and suspenseful storytelling, in recounting how Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans transformed uniquely to become the greatest heroes of the German anti-Nazi resistance, and icons of civil courage in Germany today.

These themes are universal and still resonate today. He has lectured and performed to acclaim at universities, religious institutions, conferences, and other venues worldwide, ranging from San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and LA’s Simon Wiesenthal Center to the United Nations, Canada, and Cape Town. He is the co-author of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose with Annette Dumbach.

“The program itself is a dramatic and inspiring multimedia program with music and photos, at different historical and contemporary points,” Newborn said. “It’s also a kind of a suspense. It’s got suspenseful storytelling.”

Newborn will reveal the power of the White Rose as role models today in the ongoing struggle against oppression, genocide, injustice, prejudice, far-right fanaticism, and the undermining of democracy, including the suppression of free speech and dissent.

Relating the White Rose story to today’s most compelling current events, he concludes by presenting outstanding heroes of all backgrounds today, at home and abroad, who fight for freedom and our shared humanity.

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP on Eventbrite.

This event is possible by support from Humanities Iowa and the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.

About The German American Heritage Center and Museum

The GAHC&M is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to "preserve and enrich the present and future generation's knowledge of the German immigrant experience and its impact on the American culture." You can learn more about the GAHC on our website: www.gahc.org.

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