In The Footsteps of Berlin’s Women
Literature, Culture, and Politics: "The salonnieres"
The Red Rose
Willing to fight for their rights
Women struggle for their rights (and the tights of the oppressed) was not an easy task. Many of them, including Rosa Luxemburg, were put in the Barnim Street Women´s Prison, where also political prisoners found themselves, for example, those who demanded equal political rights and the right to vote.
Even after women were given equal political rights (in 1919), there were still political prisoners who were jailed in Barnim Street Prison. More women found themselves in this prison during the time of the Nazi regime (especially those who were members of socialist or communist parties).
In the place where once the Prison stood you can find a memorial on the sidewalk.
Address: Barnimstraße 5
One of the women who was imprisoned there was Hilde Radusch, an activist for lesbian rights and a member of the communist party in the 1920s.
After barely surviving the Nazi prisons, she met the love her life, Else “Eddy” Klopsch. They were the owner of a restaurant during those dark ages and helped resistance fighters and Jews. They survived only because a friend of them, who worked in the police, gave them a warning. they lived together until Klopsch death. Radusch became one of the most famous characters in the Lesbian equal rights movement in the 1970s.