Today, in the open-air rotunda on the north side of the Texas Capitol, folks in the Austin Jewish community and others will be reading the names of those who were murdered in the Holocaust. Among the readers on this Holocaust Remembrance Day will be University of Texas members of The White Rose Society. Every April they distribute on campus ten thousand white roses to commemorate the approximate number of people the Nazis killed in just one day at their Auschwitz concentration camp alone.
The society takes its name from a non-violent student group at the University of Munich in 1942-43 which distributed anonymous leaflets calling for resistence against Hitler’s regime. Its six core members were captured by the Gestapo and beheaded. Allied bombers later dropped millions of copies of a society leaflet over the whole country. Holocaust Remembrance Day was begun in 1959 by the State of Israel.