July 2004


Introduction Initial reviews/responses Discussion Further Information



The editors are pleased to announce an upcoming forum that will take as a starting point a discussion of Margarethe von Trotta’s 2003 film, Rosenstraße.  Although the subject of this film, the 1943 protest by non-Jewish German women on behalf of their Jewish husbands interned by the Nazis, is likely familiar to most H-German members, the cinematic representation of this particular event raise a variety of issues that merit discussion on the list.  Continuing some of the intellectual themes raised in our fall forum on the German experience of bombing during World War II, this discussion offers the opportunity to explore the broader implications of efforts to engage (il)legitimate memory in the context of current German politics.  Similarly, while we are clearly interested in examining the historical implications of everyday acts of resistance and their significance for our evolving understanding of Nazi Germany, the editors also view this as an opportunity to continue H-German’s efforts to explore the place of German history and its scholars in a broader public intellectual arena.


This forum thus takes its place in a number of H-German initiatives that seek to wrestle with those issues:  our recently established series of Messages from Germany (MfG) brings a historical sensibility to current cultural and political discussions; this fall, H-German will be supporting a GSA roundtable (“Making It Real: Intellectual Exchange, Virtual Space, and the Public Sphere”; see the GSA website for more program information) in an effort both to develop intellectual spaces to address these questions but also to seek out ways to promote a nexus between virtual and “real-world” scholarly activity.  In the spirit of this sort of “multi-media” work, we encourage you to participate in the Rosenstraße forum.

The midsummer starting date for the forum was selected in an effort to match the film’s North American release date, which has been pushed back several times.  We hope that those of you who have had or will have the opportunity to view the film will feel particularly motivated to join in the discussion.  Nonetheless, we believe that the theoretical and methodological questions that the forum will raise will be such that even those who have not yet had the opportunity to see the film may find a space to contribute.

The forum will launch on

MONDAY, JULY 26, 2004

As was the case for previous forums, the forum will start with a series of commentaries/reviews to establish a foundation for discussion on the list.  A list of those scholars contributing initial reviews follows below.
We welcome any comments, criticism, or suggestions you may have and look forward to a productive exchange.
The editors would particularly like to thank Nathan Stoltzfus, who provided the intellectual and organizational stimulus for this forum.

Susan Boettcher
Christopher Fischer
David Imhoof
Paul Steege
H-German Editors

Initial Reviews

Solicited Responses


Tuesday, 27 July 2004
  Charlotte Opfermann
Rene L. Ash
FORUM: Re: FILMREV Noack on _Rosenstrasse_


Friday, 30 July 2004
  Rene L. Ash FORUM: _Rosenstrasse_: Wilcock response view
  Bruce Campbell FORUM: FILMREV: Weiss on _Rosenstrasse_ view
  Charlotte Opfermann FORUM: _Rosenstrasse_: Marcuse response view
Sunday, 1 August 2004
  D. Brent Wilson FORUM: _Rosenstrasse_: Wilcock response view
  Daniel Fraenkel FORUM: FILMREV: Leugers on _Rosenstrasse_ view
Monday, 2 August 2004
  Charles S. Maier Re: FORUM: FILMREV: Leugers on _Rosenstrasse_ view
Tuesday, 3 August 2004
  Henry Krisch
Daniel Fraenkel
FORUM_Rosenstrasse_ view
Thursday, 5 August 2004
  Jörg Boettger Re: FORUM_Rosenstrasse_ view
Friday, 6 August 2004
  Ethan Hollander
Richard Leiby
Daniel Fraenkel
Re: FORUM_Rosenstrasse_ view
Tuesday, 10 August 2004
  Rainer Decker Re: Rosenstrasse view
Tuesday, 14 September 2004
  Wolf Gruner Re: FORUM: _Rosenstrasse_ view
Monday, 20 September 2004
  Antonia Leugers Re:  FORUM: _Rosenstrasse_ view
Wednesday, 22 September 2004
  Joachim Neander Re:  FORUM: _Rosenstrasse_ view
Thursday, 23 September 2004
  Nathan Stoltzfus Re:  FORUM: _Rosenstrasse_ view
Friday, 24 September 2004
  Warren Rosenblum Re:  FORUM: _Rosenstrasse_ view

Supplemental information

Official website for Margarethe von Trotta's film
The Rosenenstrasse Protest
Assorted sources from A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
Frauenprotest in der Rosenstrasse
Der Protest in der Rosenstraße 1943 - Zeitzeugen und Historiker zwischen Akten und Erinnerung
Tagungsbericht posted to H-Soz-u-Kult, 14 June 2004
Nathan Stoltzfus, "Die Wahrheit jenseits der Akten," Die Zeit, 30 October 2003

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