The Jewish Heroes

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Eugenie Kim, Journalist/ Editor

Imagine, you hear the sound of a gun booming all around your surroundings like a thunderstorm and along with other Resistance members, are huddled together in what you thought was a safe house. However it is soon discovered that someone had told the Nazi’s where the safe house is and then your hear the Nazi coming to the building you are in. As the Nazi barge into the room you close your eyes, hear screaming and then you see a flash. The Resistance was the most forceful form of Jewish opposition to the Nazi policies in Europe which was occupied by Germans and in over 100 ghettos in Poland and the Soviet Union the Jewish civilian offered armed resistance. Some of the activities the resistance did was they published clandestine newspapers, assisted the escape of Jared and Allied airmen that was shot down over enemy territory to commit acts of sabotage, and more. The Resistance even caused battles between them and the Nazis such as the fight in Warsaw in April-May in 1943. During t the Resistance there were many  important figures who impacted the holocaust greatly such as Ahron “Dolek” Liebskind (A-aron Do-lek Lie-bs-kind) and Justyna “Gusta” Draneger (Just-in-a Gust-a) who were both part of the Akiva which was a resistance. This shows how the Resistance had a great impact during the holocaust since they had armed resistances in ghettoes and camps which resulted there being a uprise in Warsaw on April-May in 1943. These movements were caused due to the people who were a part of the Resistance and they had a huge impact on it.

To begin with the Resistance had armed resistance ghettos and camps which caused her to be in a fight in Warsaw on April-May in 1943. What caused this fight was that there were rumors that say that  the Germans would deport the remaining ghetto inhabitants to  Treblinka which was a killing center. Therefore, as the German SS and police units entered the ghetto, the members  of the Jewish Fighting Organization known as the Żydowska Organizacja Bojowa (ZOB) and other Jewish groups attacked the German tanks with Molotov cocktails, hand grenades, and a small arms. Even Though the German were shocked by the ferocity of resistance, within a few days they were able to end the major fighting, however, it took the Germans nearly a month before they were able to fully pacify the ghetto and deport all of the remaining inhabitants. Afterwards, f four months after the Warsaw ghetto uprising ended, individual Jewish resisters continued to hide in ruins of the ghetto, which was being patrolled by SS and police units in order to prevent attacks on german personnel. To summarize the Resistance caused battles and uprisings during the holocaust against the Germans.

At the same time the Resistance was able to do these fights and uprisings during the holocaust due to the people who were part of the Resistance. For example, Aahron “Dolek ” Liebeskind was a Jewish underground leader who was described as being charismatic and loyal. He was key in organizing the couriers and forming connections with other resistance groups and his motto was “fight for three lines in history,” even when the outcome was already known. On December 24, 1942 he was killed at the Akiva bunker during a shootout. Another example is Justyna “Gusta” Draenger who was the wife of Shimso Draneger and due to her people today know much of Akiva’s stories. This is since after she was arrested, she dictated the story of the resistance to the other woman in her prison cell and five copies each were made on toilet paper and this was smuggled out of Montelupich Prison. Most of Narrative survives and was made into a book called “Justyna’s Story”. However in November 1943 after fulfilling an agreement with her husband tha if either was captured by the Nazis, the other would surrender as well and she

was killed. Overall during the holcoaust there were many people that had a great impact on the resistance during the hoocaust. 

 

In conclusion, this supprots how the Resistance had a great impact during the holocaust since they had armed resistances in ghettoes and camps which caused there to be a uprising in Warsaw on April-May in 1943. These movements were caused due to the people who were a part of the Resistance and they had a huge impact on it. For instance, during the holocaust the Resistance caused battles between them and the Nazis such as the fight in Warsaw in April-May in 1943. There were many important figure in the Resistance who  had  a huge impact during the holcoasut such as Ahron “Dolek” Liebskind who was the leader of the Akiva resistance and Justyna “Gusta” Draneger who was the wife of Shimshon Draeger. She is also the reason why people know so much about the Akiva wrote the story of the resistance since while she was held in prison she dictated the story of the resistance and later it was made into a book called “Justyna’s Story”. The next  time you think about the holocaust remember the resistance, what actions they did that made them fight the Nazis, and the people who greatly contributed to it.

 

Sources:

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/jewish-resistance

The book Resistance written by Jennifer A. Neilson