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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications; New edition edition (12 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851685367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851685363
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JUD NEWBORN, Ph.D., is a NY based author, dramatic multimedia lecturer, film curator, & expert on anti-Semitism, extremism & the fight for human rights worldwide. Founding Historian of NY's Museum of Jewish Heritage (1986 to 2000), Dr. Newborn has lectured from San Diego's Old Globe Theater, L.A.'s Simon Wiesenthal Center & major universities & religious institutions to the United Nations, & from Canada to Cape Town.

He is co-author of the acclaimed SOPHIE SCHOLL & THE WHITE ROSE, providing the full story to the Academy Award-nominated German film, "Sophie Scholl: The Last Days." He has written for THE NY TIMES, JERUSALEM POST, etc., & appeared as a consultant throughout the media, from CBS MORNING NEWS & CNN to NPR's "All Things Considered." A lyricist & poet, he has collaborated with award winning composers & worked as a filmmaker & film consultant.

Awarded his PhD with Distinction by the University of Chicago, Dr. Newborn broke a decades-long barrier by giving the first lecture on the Holocaust ever held at the UN in July 1995, at which time he also called out against the UN's abandonment of Bosnia Muslims to mass murder. During his European fieldwork (1980-1983), Dr. Newborn hunted down former SS officers & worked briefly undercover for Poland's Solidarity Freedom Movement in 1982, 6 months into the Communist Declaration of Martial Law.

Today he serves as Curator of Special Programs for the renowned CINEMA ARTS CENTRE, LI, bringing celebrated artists to interview before live audiences.


**"Lauded by NEWSWEEK & THE NY TIMES, by the UN, PRINCETON & HEBREW UNION COLLEGE, Dr. Jud Newborn speaks with dramatic power & a deeply felt passion that leaves his audiences both moved & exhilarated." MARTIN BORIS, LIFESTYLES

**"Dr. Jud Newborn tells a riveting story about resistance to the Nazis. The White Rose students were brave beyond measure, & Dr. Newborn brings them alive again for us." JANE ALEXANDER, CHAIR, NAT'L ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS; TONY Winner, 4-TIME ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE

**"I would strongly urge colleges and universities to offer their podiums to Jud Newborn. Matters of Human Rights, Justice, Peace, Courage, & Conscience find resonance with his lectures on the White Rose." - PROF. JAMES MCNUTT, THOMAS MORE COLLEGE, KY

**"We hit the jackpot with Jud Newborn. Great substance & really great drama. One of the best Holocaust & human rights presentations anyone will ever hear." - EDIE NAVEH, DIRECTOR, HOLOCAUST CENTER, PITTSBURGH


Based on Dr. Jud Newborn's co-authored book, SOPHIE SCHOLL & THE WHITE ROSE, which tells the full story treated in the Academy Award-nominated German film, "Sophie Scholl: The Last Days." Using music, 80 historical images & suspenseful storytelling, Dr. Newborn recounts how Sophie Scholl and brother Hans - former Hitler Youth leaders, the latter arrested for a teen same-sex relationship - transformed uniquely to become the greatest heroes of the German anti-Nazi resistance.

"We will not be silent," their wartime leaflets declared. "We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!" On February 18, 1943, they mounted a gallery high above the University of Munich's vast atrium & scattered hundreds of leaflets down upon the heads of astonished students. It was the only public protest against Nazis ever to be staged.

But Dr. Newborn's program does not remain in the past. Relating the White Rose story to today's most compelling current events, he presents an array of "White Rosers" - inspiring heroes of all backgrounds, abroad and at home - who risk themselves for freedom and our shared humanity.


**"The overflowing room was spellbound as you painted a portrait of courage more like a storyteller than a lecturer. The lessons to be learned were invaluable, especially in light of current world events & need for heroes to step forward." - HEDY BERMAN, COLORADO STATE UNIV., FT. COLLINS

**"Jud Newborn is a vibrant speaker on subjects of the utmost importance. He is terrific." - DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER

**"Unique & passion-filled. Riveting presentation. The large room filled with lay people, scholars, Jews & gentiles sat together in silent fascination, awaiting the story of Jewish resistance to unfold. And unfold it did, with all the drama of a Le Carre spy novel. Dr. Newborn was complimented as one of the best speakers ever to grace our community." - MELANIE ZEITLER, JEWISH FED., SOUTH BEND, IN

**"You knocked the ball right out of the park! This is the largest audience we've ever had for our Zahm Lecture - the annual keynote for our academic year - & you received a rousing standing ovation to boot! Your topic also allowed us to partner with organizations that have never been at the university before. Bravo! - PROF. KAREN EIFLER, CO-DIRECTOR, GARAVENTA CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND (ORE)

**"What impressed your correspondent most was the revelatory lecture by dynamic Jud Newborn. Thanks to this event, his great works have come to the attention of the world." - DAVID HOROWITZ, SR. CORRESPONDENT, UN PRESS CORPS

**"Dr. Jud Newborn's riveting account left me spellbound, enlightened & inspired. Truly the most compelling, well-organized lecture I've heard in my 25 years in the Wichita community." - ELLY FITZIG, JEWISH FED, KS.

**"You are making a huge intellectual impact with your public lectures." - PROF. JOHN BOYER, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

**"Wide-ranging knowledge, masterful delivery. Related the story of unsung Jewish and Christian Holocaust heroes to today's most pressing current events. Our ideal scholar-in-residence." - DR. RACELLE WEIMAN, HEBREW UNION COLLEGE., CTR FOR HOLOCAUST ED., OH

**"A stellar presentation!" - MAUREEN McNEIL, ANNE FRANK CENTER USA

**"Delivered a public lecture to a capacity crowd - relating the topic to resistance against apartheid. His use of PowerPoint slides and music added so much. The audience was notably moved." - RICHARD FREEDMAN & MARLENE SILBERT, CAPE TOWN HOLOCAUST CENTRE, SOUTH AFRICA


Dr. Jud Newborn sets the dramatic story of Jewish anti-Nazi resistance in a unique, eye-opening framework that also explains its relevance for today. Treating the entire scope of Jewish resistance, from Western to Eastern Europe and North Africa, "Lions of Judah" provides accounts of Jewish heroism that will astound and inspire--while fundamentally changing our assumptions about how Jews responded to Nazi terror. Relevant and morale-boosting for peoples of all backgrounds, "Lions of Judah" teaches audiences the true meaning of courage and resistance, as we face the ever-present dangers of fanaticism and anti-Semitism today.

In this unique, moving "post-modern" Hasidic Tale of the Holocaust, Dr. Jud Newborn poignantly interweaves his own personal story (his adventures, heartbreak and triumphs in confronting the Holocaust) with the lost world of the Jewish Shtetl--and the amazing tale of the first man to bring the news of the Holocaust to the West. Revolving around the author's thrilling discovery of Polish Bund Spokesman Szmul Artur Zygielbojm's lost artifacts, Dr. Newborn tells a miraculous, life affirming story of how three seemingly disconnected lives magically intersected over time and space. Newborn's discovery links him by surprise to Zygielbojm's surviving niece, a 75 year-old champion ballroom dancer who "brings me under her spell, inducing me to dance--not to mourn, but to celebrate Jewish survival." (With dramatic visuals)

**"Dr. Jud Newborn captivated the minds & hearts of 250 people with 'To Life! A Holocaust Hero's Modern Miracle.' Remarkably, he invested this poignant tale with hope & inspiration. Eveyone complimented me our choice of speaker & praised Dr. Newborn's ability to connect with a popular audience. They were especially impressed with the way he drew them into his own excitement discovering previously unknown artifacts of the Holocaust." - RABBI BRUCE GINSBURG, SONS OF ISRAEL, WOODMERE, NY

**"Your work is so impressive & important." - LIZ SMITH, NATIONAL COLUMNIST

**"In his passionate, moving program, Jud Newborn gave a dramatic, heartfelt account of his personal connection to the Holocaust - creatively interweaving three poignant, powerful stories of survival, empowerment & inspiration. His storytelling ability swept the audience along with him on a journey that kept everyone riveted & fascinated. A beautiful and powerful experience for all!" - LISA STERN, EVENT COORDINATOR, JCC of the GREATER FIVE TOWNS, LI, NY

**"Wonderful presentation. It was educational, informative--and just beautifully executed." - KARA MARITZER, MONTREAL FED.-CJA, QUEBEC, CANADA
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 'This is a story that commands our attention'

(Newsweek International)

'The animated narrative reads like a suspense novel' 

(The New York Times)

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Full story of the Oscar nominated (2006) and award-winning German film Sophie Scholl: Die letzen Tage (2005) and the forthcoming major US motion picture, The White Rose (2006) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Richard Davidson on 11 Mar. 2006
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This is a very moving story about the student resistance movement in Nazi Germany who came together to try to undermine Hitler’s grip on the country and encourage their fellow Germans to fight back against probably one of the most terrifying totalitarian regimes one could imagine. It does a very good job at capturing both their idealism and high moral principles, and their youthful courage and spontaneity which saw them throwing their anti-government leaflets over the balcony of the main hall in Munich University in broad daylight, which led to their capture, interrogation and execution.
Despite the shortness of their campaign, and its ultimate failure, there was much to admire. In an atmosphere of fear, secret police, and rigid laws controlling every aspect of the population, they tried to raise awareness about the persecution of the Jews, and drew attention to the need for freedom of expression and individualism. They decided that to save Germany from the National Socialists, it was essential that Germany lose the war, and they came up with a campaign of passive resistance and sabotage which they encouraged everyone to support in order to undermine the regime and thwart the war effort.
Various members helped write a series of leaflets that they smuggled out of Munich and sent all over the country. One of them ended up in the hands of the Allies and was reproduced and dropped by plane a year later. They also sneaked out at night and daubed anti-Nazi messages on public buildings, fully convinced that their countrymen would take heart from their efforts and throw off the shackles that kept them compliant.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Grahams on 10 Mar. 2006
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I bought this book after seeing the German film Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, and wished I'd read this first - it gives all the background details on the White Rose movement, how the students set it up, who they were, and what was going on in Germany and World War II at the time.
The film is very sombre and moving. This book is a pacier read, and carries you along with the drama and excitement as Hans and Sophie Scholl and their friends come together in secret to write their leaflets and scheme to send them all over the country to try to give the authorities the impression they are part of a huge national organization. As Germany suffers crushing defeats in the war, the situation at home begins to change and the students become bolder and more daring, thinking that the German people will at last rise up to overthrow the regime. Sneaking out at night to daub anti-Nazi slogans on public buildings and dropping leaflets in public around Munich University eventually lead to their capture.
This is a very important story of how a few people can follow their principles and stand up to a powerful regime. Although they were not successful, their actions remain as an inspiring example. I recommend it to everyone, whether you've seen the film or not.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By KateRG31 on 24 May 2006
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This book set so much in perspective for me: how did German people feel under the Nazis, how did the Nazis come to be in such a position of overwhelming power; how much did the Germans know about what their government were doing to subjugated peoples; why didn't more German people object to their tyranny; what was life like for people over there? The book's background to the White Rose group's courageous acts of rebellion helped me feel that I understood much more about it all, not least about how hard and terrifying it would be, even to criticise the Nazis, and how lonely it would be because, unlike the resistance in occupied countries, your countrymen would regard you as a traitor not a hero.

A very compelling book about an awe-inspiring group of idealistic, ultimately hopeful, young people with a great sense of atmosphere. It gives excellent background to the 2005 film ' The Last Days of Sophie Scholl' - read the book first.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Riis on 12 Mar. 2006
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This is the most amazing story! I stumbled across this book on Amazon after hearing about the new film on Sophie Scholl which has been making waves. It is a very powerful book, and I read straight through it in one sitting, admittedly with a box of tissues at my side. There is something about stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that up the emotional levels and bring a warm feeling to the heart.
I doubt this is the only example of resistance to the Third Reich in Germany, but it is certainly one that really makes you question what you would do in a similar situation, and whether, faced with the opportunity to recant to save your life, you would choose, as Sophie Scholl does, to go the guillotine with quiet conviction and the amazing confidence that what you are doing is “right”. I was also struck by how well read and thoughtful these students were, and how focused on making a difference. The leaflets they wrote to muster support for a popular uprising are full of philosophical and political references, and make very interesting reading in their own right.
At times the writing style is a little dramatic, but all in all a very good book, and one that makes you think.
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