Susan Sontag 's The Jews During The Holocaust

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Chloe Chrysikopoulos Holocaust Professor Gillerman November 20, 2014 Susan Sontag states, “The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.” (Sontag At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches) This quote, while not written to reflect the resistance of the Jews during the Holocaust, can certainly apply to their situation. There has been argument amongst scholars as to whether or not Jews actively resisted the Nazis during the Holocaust, however evidence has shown that regardless of the lack of resources, lack of knowledge, fear of collective punishment, hope for survival, and lack of support within the camps, spiritual and armed resistance occurred, and Jews fought back against the Nazi regime not to simply survive, but keep their dignity, spirituality, hope, culture, and ideological beliefs alive. Many Jews knew that resistance would not be a force strong enough to stop the Nazi regime, but it would be a force strong enough to raise spirits in the ghetto, keep their culture alive, and preserve their legacy. From 1941 to 1943, Jews created underground resistance movements in about 100 ghettos throughout Nazi occupied territory. Despite the terrible conditions, lack of resources, lack of support in, as well as outside, the ghetto, and fear of individual and collective punishment, spiritual and armed resistance occurred.

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