New Date will be Thursday, April 5 at 9:30 a.m.
Paul Chapman, a retired activist, has lectured for decades about ways to overcome persistent divisions in society. While studying in Switzerland in 1956, he read reports how, in 1933, Hitler established a national church embracing a Christianity under his control. Many pastors were encouraged by Hitler, and swastikas were soon hanging in church sanctuaries. While many churches slid into racism and neo-paganism, other were appalled and did not submit.
Reading these reports sparked Paul Chapman’s life-long interest in the German resistance to Hitler (the Widerstand). In pursuit of this interest, Paul traveled to Germany and Poland, befriended some of the Widerstand’s survivors and accumulated a small library of their recorded thoughts and deeds.
In this program, Chapman will look at the individuals who resisted, their motivation, and the tactics they used to confront dictatorship as well as groups formed, beginning with churches and other civilian groups and continuing with the armed forces and their acts of resistance.
Cosponsored by the Library and SSIL (Schiller Shoreline Institute for Lifelong Learning).