In the spring and summer of 1938, after Sproll abstained from the election, National Socialist groups besieged the Palais, throwing stones through the windows and smearing inflammatory slogans on the sidewalk. For weeks there were noisy rallies in front of the palace demanding the bishop’s expulsion, dismissal or resignation. On July 23, 1938, the gate was broken open and Sproll’s apartment stormed and vandalized. The historic gate and the foyer thus themselves refer to Sproll’s persecution, which was also directly physical.

Visitors can expect a modern exploration of the stations of Sproll’s life, but also of the political context in which he moved. An impressive media presentation as well as objects and quotations make the life of the bishop and his commitment against National Socialism vivid. The presented, original expressions of loyalty by Catholics from the diocese express the solidarity of the faithful and illustrate how much the story of Bishop Sproll is the story of an entire diocese. The exhibition is also vividly designed for children, young people and school classes.

Concept: Diocesan Archives and Diocesan Museum Rottenburg

Architects: von Jacobs, exhibition design – interior design, Marina von Jacobs – Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Interior Design, Stuttgart

Completion: 2020


Diocesan Conservator Dr. phil. Melanie Prange

Phone: +49 (0) 7472 922-180

Hildegard Weidenauer

Phone: 07472 922-180

Dr. Herbert Aderbauer

Cooperation partner in the Diocesan Archives Rottenburg

Diocesan Archives
Oliver Göbel

Cooperation partner in the Diocesan Archives Rottenburg


Further publications

Paul Kopf, Joannes Baptista Sproll, Leben und Wirken. On the 50th anniversary of the expulsion of the Bishop of Rottenburg on August 24, 1938, Sigmaringen 1988.

Hubert Wolf, Die Affäre Sproll. The Rottenburg Bishop Election of 1926/27 and its Backgrounds, Sigmaringen 2009.
Geschichtsverein der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Um seines Gewissens willen: Bischof Johannes Baptista Sproll zum 60. Todestag, Ostfildern 2010.

Dominik Burkard, Joannes Baptista Sproll. Bischof im Widerstand, Stuttgart 2013.

Sigrid Brüggemann, Die Verfolgung katholischer und evangelischer Geistlicher, in: Ingrid Bauz / Sigrid Brüggemann / Roland Maier (eds.), Die Geheime Staatspolizei in Württemberg und Hohenzollern, Stuttgart 2013, pp. 220-248.

Dominik Burkard, Nationalsozialismus und Zweiter Weltkrieg, in: Andreas Holzem / Wolfgang Zimmermann (eds.), Geschichte der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart, vol. 2, Ostfildern 2019, pp. 148-381.

Andreas Holzem, Zusammenbruch und Aufbruch in die Moderne, in: Andreas Holzem / Wolfgang Zimmermann (eds.), Geschichte der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart, vol. 2, Ostfildern 2019, pp. 384-540.


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