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Resistance of the Heart – A Valentine’s Day Program

February 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

| free program but registration required
Resistance of the Heart

The Rosenstrasse Protest is the nearly-forgotten story of a group of women in Berlin who faced down the Third Reich — and won! In February of 1943, several hundred non-Jewish wives of Jewish men faced down Hitler’s genocidal policy and the SS to secure the release of their captured husbands. Nathan Stoltzfus is the world’s expert on this history, and he will be in dialogue with historian Mordecai Paldiel as well as Ruth Wiseman, whose family lived this story.




Nathan Stoltzfus (2)

Nathan Stoltzfus is the Rintels Professor of Holocaust Studies at Florida State University. His book Resistance of the Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany won numerous prestigious awards. His other books include Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany, Protest in Hitler’s National Community: Social Unrest and the Nazi Response, Nazi Crimes and the Law and Courageous Resistance: The Power of Ordinary People. He is currently co-editing a book titled Women Defying HitlerHe has established the Rosenstrasse Foundation to document this forgotten history.

Ruth Wiseman (1)Ruth Wiseman graduated from U.C. Davis in 1992 with a B.A. in International Relations and Russian. After college she spent a year in Russia, where she interviewed Jews born in pre-Soviet times. Upon returning to her hometown of Berkeley, CA, she interviewed Russian survivors for the Holocaust Oral History Project. She was later approached by Survivors of the Shoah to be an interviewer and conducted more than three dozen interviews for the organization. Ruth is the daughter of Dr. Rita Jenny Kuhn, a Shoah survivor from Berlin, Germany who was detained at Rosenstrasse in February 1943 and released through the brave efforts of the women who protested the arrests. Ruth is the author of How the Moon Became Dim (Saturn’s Moon Press, 2017). She is working on a version of the Rosenstrasse Protest for children. 

Mordecai Paldiel 2 (1)

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel headed the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem from 1982-2007. His books include The Path of the RighteousSheltering the JewsSaving the JewsDiplomat Heroes of the HolocaustSaving One’s Own: Jewish Rescuers During the Holocaust and The Righteous Among the Nations. He teaches at Stern College and Touro College and serves on the Board of the Sousa Mendes Foundation. Thanks to his efforts, there is now a square named for Aristides de Sousa Mendes as well as a street named for Raoul Wallenberg, both in Jerusalem. He is a member of the B’nai Brith committee in Israel honoring Jewish rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust.


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February 14
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
free program but registration required
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