The California-based Holocaust education nonprofit Center for White Rose Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 awards granted to individuals who are making a difference.
The Rev. David Green of Oakland, CA was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year. Green is translating Cookbook for Germans in America, an 1879 publication designed to help new Americans preserve old family traditions.
“We use this cookbook as a portal to our more-serious work on German resistance,” explains Denise Heap, Executive Director of the Center for White Rose Studies. “A person may search online for a recipe for Sauerbraten and find us. But before they leave our site, they have learned something about people who risked their lives to stand up to the Nazis.”
Heap also cited Green’s enthusiasm for the Center’s work. “David talks about the cookbook and our research efforts on his Facebook page!”
The Center recognized Domenic Saller of Munich, Germany for his tireless commitment to documenting the life of his grandmother, Lieselotte Fürst-Ramdohr. When presenting Saller with the 2013 NextGen Award, Heap pointed to his unflagging efforts to maintain her memory accurately. “Too many children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and members of the resistance are tired of the stories,” she noted. “Domenic has not given up. He is dedicated to preserving Lilo’s legacy. I wish there were more sons and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters, like him.”
The inaugural Johann Forster Award, given to a person who embodies the ideals of the White Rose resistance movement, was given to two individuals. Dr. Igor Khramov of Orenburg, Russia received the award for his work building bridges. Khramov uses the biographies of famous people who have called Orenburg “home” to create connections between countries and individuals. “This is the spirit of the White Rose,” Heap said as she presented Khramov with his trophy. “This is the way to create peace. Igor is a contemporary peacemaker!”
Upon accepting the award at the July 13, 2013 banquet on the campus of CSU Channel Islands, Khramov affirmed his aims. “We of the Orenburg Charity Foundation Eurasia wish to expand our association with the Center for White Rose Studies. We are looking for ways to continue working together.”
Khramov shared the prize with Michael Kaufmann of the Weisse-Rose-Institut in Munich, Germany. “Other people write about White Rose, research it, write dissertations. But Michael cares for the people.” Heap pointed to Kaufmann’s efforts on behalf of the White Rose families. “To Michael, it is more than just a story, more than a bit of history. He understands that this history was made by regular people, and he watches out for their best interests.”
Domenic Saller agreed with this assessment. “When my grandmother died in May, it was Michael who helped with the funeral, who made sure my mother and I were all right. To him, this is more than a job.”
Center for White Rose Studies is a 501(c)(3) Holocaust education nonprofit, chartered in Pennsylvania and registered in California. Our mission statement: The Center for White Rose Studies is dedicated to preserving the memories of those who courageously opposed the crimes of National Socialism, using their lives and work as a springboard to address the issues of informed dissent in a civilized society.
To learn more about our work, go to www.white-rose-studies.org.