Jewish resistance during the occupation of the Nazis varied significantly among different members of the Jewish community. It is therefore inaccurate to simplify Jewish actions or inactions during this time by placing Jews into one category. It is important to take into account those who put up an armed resistance against Nazi power, even if this was the minority. Additionally, the efforts made to hide Jews who were at risk showed that some were willing to resist despite the consequences. Indirect resistance involved the continued educational opportunities for the Jewish community and the practising of religion, despite the restrictions placed on undertaking these activities.
Jamie A. Stephens Mrs. Fields Critical Research Paper May 9, 2017 Righteous Among The Nations Would you put your life on the line to save someone else's life? The resistance by the non-Jews to the Nazi Regime during World War II, was to help the hide Jews, sabotage the Nazi efforts, and help to save as many Jews as possible. This affected the Holocaust, by saving hundreds of thousands of Jewish lives. Many people wanted to help the Jews, and save them.
In the beginning of Kluger’s “Death Camp” chapter, she immediately alludes to the idea of Jewish hope: “During the entire Hitler period I never heard a Jew voice the opinion of the Germans could be victorious…to hope was a duty” (89). This seems, of anything, to be a last, desperate attempt at holding onto the life European Jews once knew – one entirely estranged from the dehumanizing and prejudicial actions of the German Nazi regime. It also may begin to justify why may Jews did not leave Germany (as well as surrounding countries) as the former’s social, political and economic agency quickly faded, entering the death camps. Although Kluger describes significant financial restraints -- chiefly the Reichsfluchtsteuer – she also implicitly describes
________________ ____ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ Working Title : Jewish Resistance: When Arms Go Up & Flags Come Down “Between 5 & 6 million Jews-out of the Jewish population of 9 million living in Europe-were killed during the holocaust.” This quote, derived and utilized in this paper from a website that is most focused upon history and its historical background and contents. The Holocaust was the mass/systematic extermination of a specific race or group of people, places, or things.
During the Holocaust, The Jews suffered severely because of the Germans. The Holocaust took place in Eastern Europe and Germany from January 30th, 1933 to May 8, 1945. Hitler’s German Nazi army evacuated Jews from their homes and relocated them in the ghetto or labor camps. One man, Oskar Schindler was able to save 1,200 Jews by employing them in factories where they were protected from Germans.
Anti-Semitism is the discrimination and hatred of the Jewish people as a national, ethnic, religious, or racial group. Hitler’s motivation from 1933 onward came purely from the goals of racial purity and the spatial expansion. At this time, German concentration camps (Konzentrationslager) were holding roughly twenty seven thousand people in “protective custody.” Massive symbolic acts of Nazism such as burning of books by Jews, Communists, foreigners, and liberals helped the sought message of the Nazi party’s strength. In 1933, the Jewish population in Germany was approximately five hundred and twenty-five thousand, which was only one percent of the total German population.
French Resistance To say that the Holocaust only affected German Jews and no one outside the camps knew what was going on isn 't just an understatement, it 's a false inaccuracy. There were many Resistance groups, that didn’t like what the Germans were doing, therefore many people stared Resistance groups to help fight the Germans. One of the strongest people that fought Germany and worked so hard to get people away from this terrible person, was the French Resistance.
Starvation, death, anti- semitism, mistreatment, pain, forced labor, abuse -- all are situations Jewish people had to experience How did prisoners endure such hardships? Was it better to focus on one’s own survival or to work together to survive? In the memoir Night and the movie Schindler’s List, director Steven Spielberg and author Elie Wiesel explore this idea. They explore this idea by showing Jews helping other Jews to live and survive during the horrors of the Holocaust in Night and Schindler’s List.
Resistance in the Holocaust from the Jews was aimed towards the Germans and the Nazi, who got the most physical harm from the Jews. What sparked the act of resistance is when the Germans were getting rid of Jews in the ghettos and putting them into concentration camps. That was when the biggest resistant group, named the Z.O.B, attacked the Germans. The Z.O.B stands for Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa which means Jewish Fighting Organization in Yiddish. In order for the Z.O.B to create attack on the Germans they planned escape routes over rooftops of buildings.
Hannah Arendt, a German-born Jewish-American philosopher, lived her life fully by distinctively expressing personal beliefs and responsibility in her actions. Throughout the course of Arendt’s text “Personal Responsibility under Dictatorship,” she argues in favor of camp inmates refraining from participating in morally wrong activities. Arendt believed that participating in wrongful activities would make it hard for one to live with himself. Even though, camp inmates were ultimately powerless in their personal, moral, and physical decisions. Indicating that camp inmates did not have the option of not participating in the events of the camp.
The Heros of the Holocaust: The Righteous Among Nations Although the German race as a whole is often blamed for the Holocaust, some Jewish citizens may have not been able to survive without their non-Jewish neighbors. Non-Jewish persons who strongly benefited the life of someone being persecuted during the Holocaust, are know as and rewarded the title, “Righteous Among Nations”. To be awarded this honor, one must have actively aided a Jewish person during the Holocaust, purely out of compassion rather than any means of personal gain. Those declared Righteous Among Nations in many cases put the lives of Jews before their own.