Named for a 1943 resistance group called “The White Rose" that heroically protested the policies and actions of the Nazi regime


Hans and Sophie Scholl, young and idealistic German students, were appalled by what was happening around them in 1943. They formed a resistance group called, “The White Rose,” and heroically protested the policies and actions of the Nazi regime. Hans, his sister Sophie, and many of the students and teachers who made up the group were eventually arrested and executed.

The Tidewater Jewish community honors their memory with the White Rose Project, which annually gives educational materials about the Holocaust to all schools in Hampton Roads and many military installations. 


Since 1996, the White Rose Project has:

Produced the book To Life: Stories of Courage and Survival, documenting the stories of local survivors, liberators, and righteous gentiles, and donated it to local school libraries; 


Donated books, films, and curriculum development materials on the Holocaust to middle and upper school libraries and classrooms;


And given more than 1000 books on the Holocaust to the libraries of 95 Navy ships homeported in Norfolk.

The Red Rose Campaign 

Larger donations ($250 or more) support our Red Rose Campaign. These funds are vital to helping us continue all of our educational programs:

What We Carry

Through the Eyes of a Friend

Yom Hashoah

Elie Wiesel Competitions for Students

Educator Awards

Educators' Conference

We believe that teaching the lessons of the Holocaust is sacred work, and invite you to become a white rose or red rose donor.

Please click here to donate or send your check made payable to:

UJFT – White Rose/Red Rose
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23462-4370


For more information or to get involved, contact Elka Mednick, Holocaust Commission Director, at or (757)965-6112.