Since 1994, we have collected primary
and secondary source materials about German resistance, beginning with White Rose and gradually expanding into lesser-known individuals and groups
. These documents include - but are not limited to - Gestapo interrogation transcripts, witness statements, trial transcripts, execution records, and other court or Gestapo memoranda.
Additionally, we have documented interviews with surviving family members and friends, both in video and in written reports. We have also maintained good files of our correspondence with these individuals and groups (some of whom are now deceased), especially where they have corrected, amended, or expanded upon the historical record.
Almost everything has already been translated into English for use by non-German-speaking scholars. What has not been translated already will be
We've also kept copies of miscellaneous items such as brochures, maps, song books, and other meaningful "trivia" related to the life stories in our records. This includes information about typewriters, cameras, swim suits, mountain cabins, food and drink (recipes), and 'tourist traps' of the 1940s.
White Rose information has been entered into a Microsoft Access database, which will become part of the archive once it has been cleaned up. Currently, the database contains a great deal of "shorthand" notation, as it was initially intended to be used as basis for the writing of the White Rose Histories series. Some of the more cryptic notes must be decoded before it is ready for public access.
(Note: If the database proves to be useful to other researchers, we will set up a similar database for every individual or group whose materials we add to the archives. Your input will be invaluable to how we proceed.)
Finally, we have collected secondary source materials (even those that are blatantly wrong, such as Dumbach/Newborn or Schueler).
We have begun cataloging the mounds of information, but we are also actively seeking a library
- preferably a university library in Southern California - that will house our archives as one of its special collections.
Please contact us
if your university or organization would be willing to serve as home base for our archives. We believe the materials would add greatly to your students' (and professors') understanding of what happened during the Shoah, and what caused ordinary citizens to risk their lives for the ideals of liberty and justice for all.
Once we have a home, we will update this page to reflect our location and hours of availability.