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Hertha Block

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Hertha Block

Hertha Block (b. 1906) was a German librarian. She was active in the Association of Proletarian-Revolutionary Authors, and was arrested by the Sturmabteilung in 1933 after meeting friends in a cafe that was a known meeting place for anti-Nazi groups. She continued working as a librarian while in women's prison during Nazi rule,[when?] and in autumn of 1945 was rehired to the library she had worked in before her arrest, where she helped to recover books which had been hidden to save them from the Nazi book burnings.[1] Block worked for the library until retiring in 1972.[2]

The Hertha Block Promenade in Berlin
The Hertha Block Promenade in Berlin

The Hertha Block Promenade, which runs between the Tempelhof and Schöneberg districts in Berlin, is named for her.[3][4]


  1. ^ Theimen, Monika (2014-09-09). "Kiezspaziergang am 10.5.2003" [Walk in the neighborhood on May 10th, 2003]. www.berlin.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-03-26.
  2. ^ Lanzke, Alice (2010-01-20). ""Konsequente Säuberung"" [Consistent Purge]. Jüdische Allgemeine (in German). Retrieved 2021-03-26.
  3. ^ "Alfred-Lion-Steg". Insel Tour. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
  4. ^ "BERLINER FUSSBALLFANS ERINNERN AN BIBLIOTHEKARIN: Sieg für Hertha Block" [BERLIN FOOTBALL FANS REMEMBER THE LIBRARY: Victory for Hertha Block]. Die Tageszeitung (in German). 2013-07-31. p. 20. ISSN 0931-9085. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
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