Books and Bridges is a community institute that facilitates ideas and conversation on the best of human thought. We explore the wisdoms of the world and apply them to modern life. We have no political, religious or ideological affiliation. In a society divided by uncivil discourse, the beauty of the humanities—novels, history, philosophy, poetry, ethics and epics—lift us to our better angels.
On October 26, Alan Keele will present Helmuth Hübener and the Ethics of Resistance.
Alan Keele, Emeritus Professor of German at Brigham Young University, tells the gripping story of three teenage German boys in Hamburg — Helmuth Hübener, Karl-Heinz Schnibbe, and Rudi Wobbe — who created in 1941 a non-violent resistance movement against Adolf Hitler. Like the stories of other brave resistance fighters against Fascism, this history reveals the passionate and fearless intensity of these young men. Their example has much to teach us who have come after them and who must decide whether — and if so how — to confront the passionate intensity of some of the worst actors in our own contemporary world. This year, in 2017, we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the execution of the boys’ acknowledged leader, 17-year-old Helmuth Hübener, who died on the guillotine at exactly 8:13 pm on October 27, 1942 in Plötzensee, a suburb of Berlin, thus becoming the youngest resistance fighter killed by Nazis.
Alan Keele received his B.A. in German and History from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in German Language and Literature from Princeton University.