Against the Holocaust | Jewish Resistance

Against the Holocaust | Jewish Resistance

During the Holocaust, Jewish resistance took many forms. The most notable armed rebellion was the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943, where Jews fought fiercely against the Nazis despite being vastly outnumbered and outgunned. Additionally, many Jews engaged in cultural and religious resistance, preserving their identity and traditions despite the efforts to eradicate them.

The German occupiers treated Polish Jews with particular cruelty. Hitler sought to exterminate the Jewish nation. Ghettoes were set up where Jews had to live and then concentration camps where they were killed. Poland was the only European country where aiding Jews carried the death penalty for both the helper and the family. The uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto (19 April 1943) was a great act of Jewish heroism as it was doomed to fail from the beginning. The fighters preferred to die arms in hand.


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Webinar "Against the Holocaust: Jewish Resistance"

'Holocaust as exemplified by the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and various forms of Jewish resistance in the Vilnius region (Lithuania).

During the webinar, Justyna Majewska, PhD (Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw) and Daniela Ozacky-Stern, PhD (Bar-Ilan University, Western Galilee College) presented a new educational kit of primary sources (photos, documents, maps, poems), teaching resources (infographics, lesson plans), guidelines on how to address this topic in the classroom, that could be used in the preparation of a lesson about Jewish resistance to the Holocaust.

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