Academic Year 2015-2016

Event Title

Average German Citizens speak Truth to Power

Location

Cotilla Gallery (2nd floor), Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center

Start Date

24-9-2015 12:00 PM

End Date

24-9-2015 1:00 PM

Disciplines

Civil Rights and Discrimination | Criminal Law | Eastern European Studies | Ethics and Political Philosophy | European Law | Law | Law and Politics | Law and Society | Legal History | Military History | Military, War, and Peace | Peace and Conflict Studies | Political History | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public History | Social History

Description

In the Nazi terror state, the law made the utterance of a true statement about the Holocaust, atrocities, corrupt leaders or the course of the war, a criminal act punishable by imprisonment or death. In such a climate of fanaticism, denunciation, terror courts, and concentration camps, what made average citizens, despite the risks, speak truth to power? This presentation will consider the stories of average Germans whose conscience compelled them to speak out against the regime, even when speaking or writing a few truthful sentences could cost the ultimate price.

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Average German Citizens speak Truth to Power

Cotilla Gallery (2nd floor), Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center

In the Nazi terror state, the law made the utterance of a true statement about the Holocaust, atrocities, corrupt leaders or the course of the war, a criminal act punishable by imprisonment or death. In such a climate of fanaticism, denunciation, terror courts, and concentration camps, what made average citizens, despite the risks, speak truth to power? This presentation will consider the stories of average Germans whose conscience compelled them to speak out against the regime, even when speaking or writing a few truthful sentences could cost the ultimate price.