"White Rose Exhibition" Opens at Marathon Co. Library

By: Kristen Guilfoos Email
By: Kristen Guilfoos Email

There's a new exhibit making it's way across Wisconsin, and the Marathon County Library Downtown Branch is one of the first places where you can see it.

The "White Rose Movement" is being highlighted. It's from World War II, when a small group of German college students spoke out against the Nazis.

Library Assistant Amy Ryan says, "They created leaflets and pamphlets and distributed them anonymously throughout Germany. It was really a controversial movement because at that point, you didn't speak up against the government."

While the exhibit obviously has a lot of historical facts, there's more to be learned from display than what meets the eye, especially, Ryan says, how lucky we are to live in a place where we have freedom.

"Even when circumstances seem so dire and so dismal, you always have a chance to make a difference, to speak out, to say, you know what? I don't agree with this. I really want to change this. To remind us that we have that opportunity everyday to say you know what? No. This isn't working."

Despite the subject, library staff say the exhibit is suitable for all ages, even children.

In fact, several schools have already booked field trips.

The White Rose Exhibit will be up and running through January 24th. It's free and open to the public during regular library hours.

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