Chapter 6 Summary In the eyes of many people they have asked themselves why did the Jews not fight back, “The Idea that no Jewish people ever fought back against Nazi control is a myth”, they in fact did fight back but sadly in reality it had a very small effect on German tyranny.
Continued… The Jewish people are a peaceful and optimistic people at the time some had hope that nothing bad would happen or that there torment would end quickly.
Continued… The Jewish people fought back with military force, escaping and joining rebel groups, resistance in concentration camps, but most importantly and more successfully with the “Jewish Spirit”.
Continued… In the German ghettos people were degraded and treated like animals by being beaten, killed, and Insufficiently fed. But the Jews still resisted in the ghettos, in the death camps, and in their hearts, they resisted. Their lives had been stolen from them, but the Nazis could not steal their hope.
Continued… One example of “The Jewish Spirit” is a young boy at the time named Roman Halter who lived thought his hardships to tell the story this time in his life. Roman and his friends would go through the sewers in the ghetto and go into the city to beg for any food even with the danger of being beaten or killed looming over them.
Continued… When Most people got their food they would wolf it down like animals but one day roman saw an elderly couple get their plates and shit down and chat like if nothing was wrong in the world, roman asked them why they acted like that and they responded with ”if you lose your self-dignity you are lost. Then you really become what they want you to become”. Roman then realized that even if they are killed, beaten, or underfed if you still act like the person you are you are not truly oppressed at least in small way.
Continued… Another example is of Alicia Appleman. Alicia like many other children was forced to work. The Germans believed that education should not be wasted on Jews and forced them to work instead. Alicia was forced to clean furniture and polish silver, she worked there and very quickly realized that the shop she was in was actually owed by her father, her father had been murdered by German officials because he was successful, smart, well educated man, then she was forced to clean the floor at her old school where she was mentally tormented, she loved to learn and she loved school and there she was in her old school but she wasn’t allowed learn or have any contact with the people there.
Continued… All this just continuously proves how evil the Nazi regime was. When she was done she would walk in her old school and pretended to be a student, this gave her hope and briefly made her more optimistic. Sometimes she would climb a tree and listen to her old teacher give lectures this was her only time where she would feel more at peace like if she was a normal girl again.
Continued… Many people escaped and would send thing to keep their children preoccupied, some teachers would teach in secrecy, some would even dance and act joyful in the streets. These were small ways of resistance, the non violent ones. However there were some cases of armed resistance like in 1943 in Warsaw in Poland where the Germans “cleaned” out the ghettos there were about 70,000 Jews left and out of them 1,000 were “ghetto fighters”. There they carefully planned there revolt. In 27 days there fought back with grenades, home made bombs, and sniper like tactics. In the end they were defeated but there message was clear, “the Jewish spirit will always live on” and this event defiantly shook the German empire.
Continued… However there were some cases of armed resistance like in 1943 in Warsaw in Poland where the Germans “cleaned” out the ghettos there were about 70,000 Jews left and out of them 1,000 were “ghetto fighters”. There they carefully planned there revolt. In 27 days there fought back with grenades, home made bombs, and sniper like tactics. In the end they were defeated but there message was clear, “the Jewish spirit will always live on” and this event defiantly shook the German empire.
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