Holocaust Resistance: The Largest Jews Revolt Holocaust Resistance

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Holocaust Resistance

During the duration of the Holocaust, millions of Jews and other minorities found themselves at the mercy of Nazi commandment. Despite the threat of death hanging over their heads, Jews organized resistance groups and fought back their oppressors. Resistance came in all sorts, ranging from committing suicide and dying with dignity to lashing out and killing their captors (“Jewish Resistance to the Nazi Genocide”). Within the camps there were individuals who openly fought back against the Germans, for instance Meir Berliner, who killed an SS soldier with only a knife as a weapon (“Acts of Resistance”). However, one murder of a German soldier resulted in more than a hundred Jews being killed as retribution and so
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The Jews were crushed but their courage inspired others to also set in motion their own attempts at fighting back the Nazis. For example, the death camp Treblinka went up in flames at the hands of its detainees after some of the Jewish workers successfully bombed a crematorium (“Jewish Uprising”). More than 300 hundred were able to flee, but unfortunately were tracked down and shot (“Treblinka”). In a desperate attempt to resist Nazi confinement, many who were targeted fled into the forests, especially when they caught word of the horrors they would face in the most notorious death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Yet not even the well-known camp was safe from a mob of furious, raving prisoners. In the year 1944 another target of the Nazis, the Gypsies, were being gassed by the thousands (“Armed Resistance”). Fed up with the slaughter of their people, they used improvised weapons and attacked (“Armed Resistance”). By early August, 2,897 more met the gas chambers (“Armed Resistance”). Spiritual resistance was practiced by the interned as a way of keeping a part of their culture with them, seeing as they had already lost so much at Nazi regulation. For instance, David Sierakowiak who met his end in Auschwitz, kept a diary and always wrote his thoughts in it (Weinstock). His diary, his one connection to the past where life was
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