Student to make documentary film on Nazi-resistant organization for IDEA Grant
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 00:09
The UConn IDEA Grant and student Peter Logue are working together to remember those who fought Hitler and Nazism.
The IDEA Grant provides up to four thousand dollars in funding, allowing for a breadth of research which would otherwise likely be unavailable. Current projects from last year’s participants include documentary filmmaking, an analysis of microfinance programs in Africa, an attempt at creating biofuel from coffee grounds and a reformation of online university writing centers. The IDEA Grant encourages all types of intellectual pursuits, whether they be in writing, inventing, filmmaking or another avenue.
Melissa Berkey, the UConn IDEA Grant’s Program Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Research, called the Idea Grant a: “great opportunity for students to receive funding to engage in self-designed projects and independent research.” She also recommended that prospective applicants visit http://ugradresearch.uconn.edu/get-research-funding/idea/ for more details (the application deadline is Oct. 15).
Dr. Caroline McGuire, the interim director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, also spoke upon the IDEA Grant: “Our first group of grantees was selected in the Spring,” she said. “Those 11 students developed their projects over the summer and are engaging in intensive work this fall.”
One of these students is Peter Logue. Logue, is a 7th semester English and film studies major at UConn, who, when touring the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C., was struck by the Nazi-resistant “White Rose” organization.
“At the panels of resistance section of the museum there was one dedicated to the White Rose,” Logue said. “They were a group of six college students, and I could therefore identify with them. They forced me to ask myself what I would have done under the circumstances. They chose to make a stand.”
The stated purpose of Logue’s research is to create a documentary film that explores why the White Rose organization is hardly known in the United States. “In Germany they’re legends,” Logue said.
Logue recently finished six months of research where he immersed himself in the White Rose and its young leaders, Hans and Sophie Scholl. With the help of Dr. Oliver Hiob, a former professor at UConn, and Dr. Sebastian Wogenstein, a current professor at UConn, he contacted the University of Munich in Germany and was able to establish a relationship with the vice president of an organization aimed at keeping the White Rose’s legacy alive, Wolfgang Huber. Huber is the son of the White Rose’s mentor, Kurt Huber, a professor of philosophy at the University of Munich during WWII. Wolfgang was three when his father was executed for his treasonous work against Adolf Hitler.
The UConn IDEA Grant and the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Undergraduate Research Grant have helped Logue immeasurably in his efforts. The IDEA Grant has provided the funding for Logue to visit Munich for a week so he is able to conduct interviews for his documentary.
Logue is adamant in his appreciation of the White Rose, and he wishes for his research to reflect their bravery: “I want to create something that people will be able to watch and get a sense for who the White Rose was and what they did,” said Logue. “I also want the audience to consider the implications of their actions, to reflect upon what these students were willing to do in the darkest days we faced.”