Take time off of your busy pre-holiday season and enjoy an old world Adventskaffee and Weihnachtslieder-sing- a-long to live music at a festively decorated Klub Haus. Traditional German treats will be served as well as beer and Glühwein. Special guest appearance by St. Nikolaus and Krampus. Kids of all ages are welcome.
Live Music by: Eric Ray & Jimmy (Alpensterne), University of St. Thomas, GAI Minnesänger
Free and open to the public, donations to support this event are appreciated.
Questions: Susanne M. Wagner, email@example.com or 651-962-5174
Sponsored by: University of St. Thomas' German Program; Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington DC; German American Heritage Foundation, The Klub Haus, and Bruce Larson (The Kaiser)
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).