02/27 – The Rosenstrasse Protests

Women and children gather to protest the arrest of 1,800 Jewish men in "Rosenstraße", a 2003 German film recounting the 1943 protests. (Margarethe von Trotta) On this day in 1943, officials from the Gestapo secret police arrested over 1,800 Jewish men in Berlin. The men had been allowed to remain in Berlin because of their…

02/18 The Nazi Sportpalast Speech

One of the few surviving images of the Sportpalast (or, Totaler Krieg) speech of 1943. Goebbels' audience had been handpicked for their fanaticism and ability to produce noise. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1943, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels delivered a speech to an attentive crowd at the Sportpalast arena in Berlin. Prior to…