Jewish Resistance in World War II Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion of the various Jewish resistance movements during World War II.
# 146061 | 3,589 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 14, 2010 in History (European - World Wars) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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This paper presents an overview of the different Jewish resistance groups that were active in World War II, fighting against the Nazi "Final Solution." First, the paper describes the tactics used by these groups of Jewish fighters that were hiding in forests and trying to survive brutal winter conditions. Then the paper notes the interactions between Jews and the Partisans they encountered in the forests. Next, the paper focuses specifically on the Jewish resistance movement, presenting a literature review on this subject. Finally, the role of Jews in the Polish and Russian partisan movements is addressed and includes a literature review as well. The paper concludes by noting the Nazi sweep of the forests late in World War II to destroy Jewish Partisan groups.


The Partisan Movement
Background on Jewish Resistance - with Partisan Support - in Poland
Origins of Soviet Partisan Forces - and Jewish Involvement Therein
Other Authors' Views of the Jewish Resistance in Poland

From the Paper:

"If a group of Jews escaped to the forests and had weapons with them, meeting up with a partisan group meant that the Jews "were relieved of their arms and clothes and given token substitutes in return" (Bauer, p. 271). Resistance to this automatic exchange between Jews and partisans "...was not possible in forest conditions" (Bauer, p. 271). While explaining that "a few Jewish units" of partisans survived - albeit the Soviets did not want armed Jews roaming the forests - Bauer points specifically to the Bielski brothers (seen in the film "Defiance") who kept hundreds of Jews alive in the Naliboki forests."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ainsztein, Reuben. Jewish Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Eastern Europe. London: Harper & Row Publishers, 1974.
  • Bauer, Yehuda. A History of the Holocaust. New York: Franklin Watts, 1982.
  • Gutman, Yisrael, & Krakowski, Shmuel. Unequal Victims: Poles and Jews During World War II. New York: Holocaust Library, 1986.
  • Hilberg, Raul. The Destruction of the European Jews. Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1961.
  • Krakowski, Shmuel. The War of the Doomed: Jewish Armed Resistance in Poland, 1942-1944. New York: Holmes and Meier, 1984.

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