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Holocaust Resistance in Europe and America

New Aspects and Dilemmas

Editor(s): Victoria Khiterer with Abigail S Gruber
Contributors: Paul R. Bartop, Martin Dean, Kobi Penland, Maxim D. Shrayer, Amy Simon, Holli Levitsky, Victoria Khiterer,

Book Description

This book brings together eleven essays that analyze different aspects of resistance to the Holocaust, which took many forms: armed and passive resistance, uprisings in ghettos and concentration camps, partisan and underground movements, the rescue of Jews, spiritual resistance, and preservation of Jewish artifacts and memories. Jewish resistance to the Holocaust faced numerous obstacles and difficulties. In many cases, resistance fighters risked not only their own lives, but also the lives of others. As such, there was a serious dilemma over whether to resist and over what methods of resistance should be used, because armed resistance could further harm the civilian population. The effort to resist was not in vain, however, regardless of whether the resistance participants survived or perished. To these fighters, resistance was seen as a moral victory over the Nazi regime.

The authors analyze resistance to the Nazi regime in Europe and America, and motivations of the American and Soviet Jewish soldiers to fight against Nazi Germany during World War II. The essays discuss strategies for Jewish survival, and armed and passive resistance in ghettos and concentration camps. The essays describe resistance to Holocaust denial, and difficulties in the preservation of memories about the Holocaust in Germany, Belarus and Ukraine. Several essays focus on the challenges which arise in the representation of Holocaust resistance in film and literature. This collection of essays significantly contributes to our understanding of resistance to the Holocaust, as well as its dilemmas and difficulties.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9873-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9873-2
Date of Publication: 01/03/2017
Pages / Size: 225 / A5
Price: £52.99


Victoria Khiterer is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide at Millersville University, USA. She is the author and editor of six books and over ninety articles on Russian and Eastern European Jewish history. Her most recent book Jewish City or Inferno of Russian Israel? A History of the Jews in Kiev before February 1917 was published in 2016.