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About Reflections on Courage

For Reflections on Courage, each artist was asked to create an original work of art based on the theme of "Courage." Examples of "Courage" can be found below but ultimately, each artist chose what inspired them the most about the theme of courage.

Danish Rescue

During World War II Denmark was the only occupied country that, as a nation, actively resisted the Nazi's efforts to deport Jewish citizens to concentration camps. After being secretly informed that the Nazis were planning to deport Danish Jews, the Danish people quickly hid their Jewish neighbors in homes, hospitals and churches and organized a nationwide effort to smuggle them by sea to neutral Sweden where they would be safe.

During a two week period the courageous Danish fishermen transported 7220 Danish Jews and 680 non-Jewish family members in small fishing boats across a narrow strait to Sweden, at great personal risk. During this time 500 Danish Jews were deported to Terezinstadt in Czechoslovakia, of which all but 51 survived because of pressure from Danish officials.

The Danish people proved that courageous resistance to Nazi policies could save lives.

photo This boat was named "Sunshine" (formerly "Lurifax") and was used during World War II to transport Danish refugees from German-occupied Denmark to neutral Sweden.

Photo-United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Arnold Kramer

The White Rose

The White Rose was a non-violent, secular resistance movement in Nazi Germany, initiated by a handful of students at Munich University.  By distributing leaflets to both German students and intellectuals, The White Rose sought to expose the horrors of the Holocaust, while condemning those who did nothing to oppose the Third Reich.  After only a year, the founding students' mission was tragically cut short when they were executed by German authorities.  The legacy of The White Rose is alive today in various White Rose Societies whose mission is to keep with The White Rose's tradition of active resistance to genocide, violent regimes, oppression and the complicity that allows these things to occur. 

photoThe origin of the name "White Rose" is unclear. Some historians allege that the color white represented pureness and that the leaflets represented the leaves of the white rose.

Others have said that a single white rose represents Purity, Innocence, Humility Simplicity, Secrecy, Silence, Reverence ~

Members of the White Rose
Photo credit: United States Holocaust Museum  

The White Rose Society

The White Rose: Munich 1942-1943.

"We will not be silent. We will be your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace."
–excerpt from "The Fourth Leaflet", written in 1942, of the ‘White Rose' (a German, anti-Nazi student resistance movement).

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