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Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany, Early 1943

German women won freedom for their Jewish husbands

Day and night for a week in early 1943, hundreds of unarmed German women did something that was unheard of in Nazi Germany.

They stood toe-to-toe with machine gun-wielding Gestapo agents and demanded the release of their Jewish husbands from Adolph Hitler's murderous grip. The men were locked up in the Jewish community center in the heart of Berlin, victims of Hitler's "final roundup" of German Jews.

The women's courage and passion prevailed: As thousands of other Berlin Jews were crammed into cattle cars and transported to Auschwitz, the Jews married to "Aryan" German women were set free.



Thu, Jul 20, 2006

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