Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Rosenstrasse protest was a was a significant instance of opposition to the events of the Holocaust.
This nonviolent protest took place on Rosenstraße ("Rose street") in Berlin in February and March 1943, carried out by the non-Jewish ("Aryan") wives and relatives of Jewish men who had been arrested for deportation.
The non-violent protests escalated until the men were eventually released.
In the mid-1980s, Ingeborg Hunzinger, an East German sculptor, created a memorial to those women who took part in the Rosenstraße Protest.
The memorial, named "Block der Frauen" (Block of Women), was erected in 1995 in a park not far from the site of the protest.
The sculpture shows protesting and mourning women, and an inscription on the back reads:
"The strength of civil disobedience, the vigor of love overcomes the violence of dictatorship; Give us our men back; Women were standing here, defeating death; Jewish men were free."