The play depicts the interrogation of Sophie Scholl, a German student arrested for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets produced by the White Rose. The narrative strives to explore the difficulties that arise during wartime, but ultimately comes too close to humanizing the Nazi over the revolutionary.
John Michalczyk discussed the origin of the word “genocide” and countries’ hesitation to use the term, saying that modern U.S. presidents are afraid to label the Armenian Genocide, now over a century old, because they do not want to alienate the Turkish government.
On the night of Nov. 9, 1938, a young Jewish boy watched Nazi soldiers torch a synagogue across the street from where he was studying in Dessau, Germany. He was forced to choose between alerting the fellow townspeople and riding his bike home to warn his mother. He chose the former and saved the lives of some 30 families.