Beverly Hills News
Holocaust Reading At Saban Theatre
By Nashfa Hawwa
Jul 18, 2013 - 8:59:32 PM

"The White Rose."
BEVERLY HILLS—On Friday, July 19, at 8:45 p.m., The Saban Theatre will host "The White Rose," which is a staged reading of the Holocaust. It is written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Lillian Groag and will star Scott Bakula and Ashley Bell.


"The White Rose" is based on a true story revolving around the characters Sophie and Hans Scholl and their colleagues from the University of Munich. The play presents the daunting task of protesting the horrors of Nazi rule during World War II. The White Rose movement was initiated by Hans Scholl, a medical student at the University of Munich, his sister Sophie, and their fellow university colleagues Christoph Probst, Willi Graf and Alexander Schomorell in 1942.


The name of the play is derived from the five anonymous leaflets that Sophie, Hans and the university students wrote and distributed throughout Germany and Austria defying the atrocities of Hitler and his agenda of hate. Each of the leaflets were engraved with the words “White Rose," which is emblematic for the actual group of non-violent, and intellectual resistance group that was based in Munich with the same name during 1942 to 1943 in Germany.


The group was under the guidance of the philosophy professor from the University of Munich and they became consequently famous throughout Germany for their anonymous leaflets and robust displays of graffiti that called for a halt to Hitler’s violent and radical regime.


The play divulges the story of the students struggle to defy and protest against a brutal, inhumane regime, and shows how six of the most recognized members of the group, including the Scholls are captured by the Gestapo, the German Secret State Police and beheaded. The play has an interesting twist as it shows how the head of the Gestapo attempts to stop Sophie from being executed.


"The White Rose" has received international critical acclaim and won the AT&T Award for New American Plays. The play is going to be performed on 8840 Wilshire Boulevard, and it is sponsored by the Les and Sheri Biller Family Foundation, Mimi Alpert Feldman, and Temple of the Arts. Admission to the event is free.


It is produced by Michael Bell, and there will be a Shabbat service at the  Temple of the Arts prior to the play, which will be conducted by Rabbi David Baron.


The performance will be streamed as a live radio broadcast and will also be used for further Holocaust awareness purposes in public and private schools.


They were among the few groups of people that spoke out against Hitler’s atrocious policies in Nazi Germany. In Germany, the members of the White Rose are given the most prestigious honor among the nation’s heroes. For further detail about the White Rose visit

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