Over 1,000 white roses have been dedicated in the memorial gardens of The Holocaust Centre by individuals remembering loved ones murdered in the Holocaust. So for us, the White Rose is a symbol of honour for the lives destroyed in the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity. It represents commitment to dignify and humanise the memory of men, women and children whose dignity and humanity were denied in death.
The White Rose is also an emblem that recalls the courage of all people who, like the White Rose Movement in Nazi Germany, have refused to become bystanders and have acted to uphold the value of human life in defiance of dehumanisation, whether in the smallest act of prejudice or in the depths of genocide. It represents a commitment to follow their example.
Artist Carl Hopgood designed the rose for the White Rose Charity Ballís identity; we are proud to have his support.
White Rose leaflet to be displayed at the Ball
Private collector William Kaczynski has donated a rare ‘White Rose’ leaflet to The Holocaust Centre, 68 years since they were air-dropped over Germany by the RAF. The White Rose movement emerged in Munich, 1942. Issuing six leaflets attacking Hitler’s regime, the movement was betrayed and six of its leading figures were executed, but one leaflet – the 6th – found its way to the UK. Here it was reprinted before being air-dropped by the RAF in an effort to help turn the Germans against Hitler.
“When I read about the White Rose Ball in the press, I got in touch with The Holocaust Centre immediately,” says William, who was himself a child refugee from Nazi Germany. “As an organisation celebrating the courage shown by those young students in Munich, and encouraging others to show active humanity today, I could not think of a better place to take one of these remarkable leaflets.”
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The White Rose leaflet will go on public display for the first time at the White Rose Ball.