San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Popular responses to the Nazis’ marginalization and persecution of Germany’s Jewish minority varied tremendously. If few Germans openly espoused mass murder, fewer still risked speaking out in opposition to the regime’s increasingly radical anti-Semitic policies.
To mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom (November 9, 1938), two leading historians of the Third Reich will discuss Margarethe von Trotta’s film Rosenstraße and the question of public attitudes toward the Nazi regime’s anti-Semitic policies. The Rosenstraße protest was the most important public demonstration against the Nazis’ attempt to eradicate German Jewry. During February and March of 1943, “Aryan” women demonstrated outside the building of Berlin Rosenstraße where their Jewish husbands were being held pending deportation.
Germany, 2003, 135 min., German and English, Director: Margarethe von Trotta
In this film, Hannah travels to Berlin and starts probing into the past of her mother Ruth and finds that she was raised by an “Aryan” woman, Lena. She discovers the story about Rosenstrasse, and helps her mother come to terms with her past.
In cooperation with the German Historical Institute
Stefan Hördler, research fellow, German Historical Institute and specialist on the concentration camp system
Nathan Stolzfus, professor of history, Florida State University and author of Resistance of the Heart
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