Long Live Freedom Exhibition:

Youth Resistance to Nazi Germany


2014 Exhibition Schedule

Lobby of the Touhill Performing Arts Center

November 14-16, 2004

in conjunction with

WALLSTORIES  Madco’s production commemorating

the 25th anniversaey of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The German Culture Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis presents a new exhibition entitled “Es lebe die Freiheit” (Long Live Freedom).  The exhibit, created in Frankfurt in 2011 by the Studienkreis Deutscher Widerstand 1933-1945 (Research Institute for the Study of German Resistance 1933-1945) describes resistance by young Germans to National Socialism.

Consisting of 25-30 panels, the exhibition recounts courageous acts by individuals and groups to the Nazi regime.  Some of these stories have already been well documented, like those of organized resistance groups such as the Baum Gruppe and Berlin’s “Weisse Rose.”  The title of the exhibition comes from the words uttered by one of the condemned members of White Rose, Hans Scholl, just before he was hanged on February 22, 1942.

Many of the accounts in this exhibition, however, are less familiar.  The panels reveal that the young resisters varied widely, both in their motivation and methods.  Some had been opposed to the Nazis from the outset, while others were at first enthusiastic supporters of the movement who then slowly became disillusioned and dismayed with the new order.

The exhibition shows a broad spectrum of resistance. Some were associated with the socialist and communist workers movements, but others were motivated primarily by deeply personal religious and ethical considerations.  Some managed to find small groups of like-minded souls, some were part of larger, more organized resistance groups, yet others toiled in lonely, solitary isolation.    

The Frankfurt research institute that created the exhibit was founded in 1967, at first focusing primarily on workers’ movements.  Their research broadened to include less reported resistance, including that of women, Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The institute now maintains a library and expansive document and artifact archive.  Previous exhibitions included “Children of Theresienstadt” and “Women in Concentration Camps 1933-1945:  Moringen, Lichtenburg, Ravensbrück.”  More information on the institute can be found at: www.studienkreis-widerstand-1933-45.de


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