Monday, December 10, 2012

Block der Frauen

Block der Frauen, Block of Women by Ingeborg Hunzinger, Rosenstraße, Berlin
Block der Frauen (Block of Women) by Ingeborg Hunzinger
Rosenstraße
Berlin, September 2011

“The headquarters of the Jewish section of the Gestapo was just around the corner, within earshot of the protesters. A few salvos from a machine gun could have wiped the women off the square. But instead the Jews were released. Joseph Goebbels, in his role as the Nazi Party Director for Berlin, decided that the simplest way to end the protest was to release the Jews. Goebbels chose not to forcibly tear Jews from Aryans who clearly risked their lives to stay with their Jewish family members, and rationalized that he would deport the Jews later anyway. But the Jews remained. They survived the war in Berlin, registered officially with the police, working in officially authorized jobs, and officially receiving food rations.”

4 comments:

Dina said...

What?? I see there are many things we did not learn about.

cieldequimper said...

Well that's good news this morning.

Halcyon said...

Beautiful works. Love the emotion in the two women embracing.

tapirgal said...

The poignant story deserves a better comment, but I do love the colors and the cobbles.