During the 2013 White Rose Conference, Dr. Igor Khramov approached us with a fascinating idea. Why don’t we join forces next year?
Igor put together a comprehensive proposal that sounds like fun, while advancing our understanding of the functioning of informed dissent during the Holocaust. He had been thinking about a smaller project he’s already committed to in November 2013: The Human Face of War – taking a look at Russian battlefields through the eyes of ordinary Russian and German soldiers, the snapshots they sent home to family and friends, the horror and joy they witnessed.
For this November project, he is not interested in the official version of events. No Pravda or Stürmer, neither Stalin’s words and photos nor Hitler’s. Simply what regular soldiers saw and recorded, especially when their pictures are accompanied by words.
His vision for the November project now encompasses and expresses a joint vision for 2013/2014 projects and conferences. Orenburg Charity Foundation (“Eurasia”) will use the same topic for a series of December 2013 meetings in Orenburg. We will then pick up the conversation in June 2014 when we convene our Second Annual White Rose Conference. And together we will conclude our year-long conversation at the commemoration of Alexander Schmorell’s 97th birthday in Orenburg in September 2014.
We hope you will join us for all or part of this year-long consideration of The Human Face of War, and the humanity that strives for peace.
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