WWII resistance is film focus

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Filmmaker Peter Logue will present his film “The Search for the White Rose” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A discussion will follow the screening.

“In 1942, amidst the horrors of the Third Reich, five University of Munich students and their professor formed a clandestine resistance against the Nazis,” said a press release. “They published and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets throughout Germany, imploring their countrymen to consider ‘the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes — crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure — reach the light of day.’ On Feb, 22, 1943, 75 years ago this year, the core members of The White Rose were executed by the Gestapo for high treason.

The film’s narrative is guided by Logue, Wolfgang Huber and Jud Newborn, who co-wrote “Sophie Scholl and The White Rose.” Newborn was 3-years-old when the Gestapo barged through his front door and arrested his father, Kurt, for serving as the mentor to The White Rose. The film features an original score composed by Caleb Hudson of the Canadian Brass and was performed by a professional brass quintet that included Southwest Harbor native Amanda Hudson on trombone.

In this film, Logue explores the legacy left behind by members of The White Rose. Through extensive interviews with scholars and conversations with current University of Munich students, Logue prompts us all to consider what we can learn from The White Rose today.

Logue is a freelance videographer and editor, and founder of Quietside Productions. He grew up in Southwest Harbor and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He first learned about The White Rose at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Realizing that not much was known about their movement in the United States, even though they represent a beacon of light in one of history’s darkest hours, he created this documentary. The film has been shown at many venues in New England.

Due to the interest in this film, pre-registration is required. Call the library at 244-7065.



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