As the weather turns cold, GAI opens its doors once again for our Holiday Open Haus! Enjoy the feel of a European market with all the comforts of our community home. Continuing as a two-day event, we will feature local vendors selling German Christmas gift items, model trains, festive food and drink featuring Glühwein, Flammkuchen, Lebkuchen, and more! Come on Saturday for tours of the Haus, decorated for the holiday season, as well as a Germanic-cuisine cook-off, or bring the Kinder on Sunday to visit St. Nikolaus and get a free Adventskalendar (while supplies last).
Stay tuned for a list of vendors, visiting organizations, and holiday activities as we get closer to December.
History is full of assassinated leaders, but also full of near misses. Join us with Dr. Susanne Wagner, German Program Director at the University of St. Thomas, for a discussion focusing on the different types of Widerstand (resistance) and some of the more prominent resistance groups, such as the men involved in the July 20, 1944 failed attempt to assassinate Hitler, the Kreisauer Kreis (Kreisau Circle), the Rote Kapelle (the Red Orchestra), and the Weiße Rose (White Rose). What were the motivations of Widerstand fighters with Colonel Claus Graf von Stauffenberg, who planted the bomb that missed its mark? How do we evaluate Einsame Kämpfer (lonely fighters) such as Jägerstätter and George Elser, or the passive resistance of the members of the Weiße Rose and the Kreisauer Kreis? Are the Swing Kids really Widerstand? The more extreme a regime, the more consequent the resistance against it!
Wagner is a cultural and literary historian focusing on 19th-/20th century Germany with a research emphasis on resistance literature. In addition to heading the German Program at the University of St. Thomas, she is also a member of the Executive Council of the American Council of Teachers of German (AATG).