Jan 132014

GuillotineGerman officials have discovered a guillotine the Nazis used to execute three resistance heroes in 1943, posing a dilemma about whether it would be in good taste to put it on public display.

The contraption was gathering dust in a storeroom of the Bavarian National Museum in Munich. Embarrassed officials said on Friday they recalled its use in a previous museum exhibition where it was shown chopping off the heads of toys. At that time it was not realised the machine had been used to execute members of the White Rose, a secret circle of non-violent university students who spread leaflets in Munich criticising the Nazis.

Evidence showed the machine put to death Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl and Christoph Probst on February 22, 1943 in Munich’s Stadelheim Jail, museum expert Sybe Wartena said. In all, the Nazis killed seven White Rose members. Consultations will begin on how to exhibit the guillotine, Ludwig Spaenle, Bavaria’s minister of the arts, told DPA. “It’s not an item to exhibit disrespectfully.” The White Rose has sacred status in Germany, where the vast majority of people fell in line behind Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

The only other serious resistance group, army officers behind a vain plot to assassinate Hitler on July 20, 1944, were also brutally crushed. The White Rose members’ writings came out of copyright a week ago, 70 years after their deaths, and became public-domain documents.

This poses the question would the Nazi’s have treated the British Resistance in the same way?

[Source: War History Online]

Nov 142011

Photo Credit: www.sebsolberg.wordpress.com

CART Founder Tom Sykes has written a review of the film adaptation of Owen Sheer’s novel ‘Resistance’.

It can be seen here

Tom and other CART member’s were advisers on the film and spent many hours trying to ensure the production team obtained the right look of the Auxiliary Units.

Read more about the movie here

Oct 272011

In July last year CART organised a temporary museum for the day at the July 4th event that took place at Coleshill.

As part of this day, CART member Peter Antill, gave a 30 minute talk about Operation Sealion.

The audio and PowerPoint slides from this fascinating talk can now be seen here

Sep 292011

Michael Sheen and Andrea Riseborough star in Owen Sheer’s ‘Resistance’, a drama set in an alternate Britain in which D-Day has failed and the country is under Nazi occupation.

CART were historical advisers on the film but sadly the Auxiliary related content is minimial. Resistance is out in the UK on 25 November. You can see the trailer below.

Resistance will be released at the following cinemas on 25th November: Apollo Piccadilly Circus, Cineworld Sheffield, Cineworld Glasgow, Cineworld Cardiff, Chapter Cardiff, Apollo Port Talbort, Cineworld Newport Gwent, Showcase Nantgarw, Savoy Theatre – Monmouth and Baker Street Cinema – Abergavenny.

Also from 2nd December: Hay Festival and Aberystwyth Arts Centre

More sites when we know them…

(Source: Resistance Facebook Group)

See our page on the film here