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July 18, 1994
Symposium Explores German Resistance to National Socialism
July 20 is the 50th anniversary of Col. Claus von Stauffenberg's unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. On that day, the Library of Congress and the government of the Federal Republic of Germany will sponsor a symposium exploring the extent and nature of German resistance to National Socialism.
The participants include: His Excellency Immo Stabreit, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the U.S.; Robert Wolfe, deputy director, Captured German Records Division, National Archives; Sybil Milton, senior historian of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Beate Ruhm von Oppen, St. John's College, Md.; and Armin Mruck, Towson State University, Md.
Dr. Stabreit, a career diplomat, has been assigned to the United States since September 1992. He earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and spent a year at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.
Mr. Wolfe will speak on "Clandestine Resistance to a Totalitarian Regime: The Perils of Contemporary Documentation." After serving in the Pacific and European theaters in World War II, he worked in the U.S. military government of Germany until 1948. Mr. Wolfe has taught at several universities and has testified as an expert witness in two Nazi war crime cases. He joined the National Archives in 1961.
Dr. Milton earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University and was director of archives at the Leo Baeck Institute, 1974-1984. She has worked on several archival projects in Germany, Austria and the United States. She also has served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Society of American Archivists, among others. Dr. Milton has written extensively on the Holocaust.
Professor von Oppen grew up in Germany and the Netherlands and studied languages in Britain. During World War II, she worked in the Political Intelligence Department and Special Historical Section of the British Foreign Office. She began teaching at St. John's College in 1960. Professor von Oppen has been a fellow of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for International Studies, both at Princeton University.
Professor Mruck, who is unable to attend, has written many books and articles on the Third Reich, particularly on the diplomacy of the German Resistance. His paper will be read by a Library of Congress staffer.
The symposium will begin at 2 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave S.E., and ends at 5 p.m. The public and press are invited to attend. This symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition "Against Hitler: German Resistance to National Socialism, 1933-1945." The exhibition closes Sept. 2.
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