Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Red Orchestra

Stefan Roloff, who made the movie The Red Orchestra (distributed by Berlinica), will speak in New York City on January 12 about the famous Anti-Nazi resistance group together with Anne Nelson, who wrote the book The Red Orchestra: the Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler. Anne Nelson will present slides on the topic. The event takes place at the German Consulate at 6pm, it is free, but reservation is required at germanconsulatenyc[at]gmail.com.

Here is the website, and here is more:

The Red Orchestra was a major resistance group that opposed the Third Reich within Germany from 1933 to 1942. The Gestapo labeled them as Communists and traitors for their efforts to overthrow the Nazi regime, a myth that was perpetuated by Allied Secret Services until recently. Historians now officially recognize their work as that of one of the largest and most efficient anti-Nazi resistance groups.

The participants represented a broad range of political and religious beliefs. Forty percent of the members were women. Together, the resisters represented many facets of German society. Many artists were among them. Putting an end to the Third Reich was their common goal.

Anne Nelson is the author of Red Orchestra: the Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler (Random House 2009; C. Bertelsmann 2010). She will present a slide lecture of archival photographs dealing with the fine arts in Nazi Germany and the many ways artists opposed the regime, operating in the heart of Berlin through networks of painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, and art students.


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