Opposition To Jewish Resistance By Rehuda Bauers

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Register to read the introduction… He defines resistance as any opposition to German Nazi forces and wishes. To explain resistance he looks at three different area of the situation including the ghettos, the forest, and the camps.
     Within the ghettos there were a couple different forms of resistance. First we must understand that any defiance to Nazi law was punishable by death. With that said, resistance seems much more widespread under Bauers’ definition. Nazi leaders allowed the Judenrat to distribute food that delivered a mere 336 calories per day, on such a diet the inhabitants could live at most a couple of months. Knowing this they smuggled and produced more food to give people 1125 calories, which is more than three times the allowed amount, and many people still died from this amount. There were also non-violent resistance in the form of education and religion. There were laws banning education and public religion, yet groups met in soup kitchens or professors’ houses to work and pray
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First of all, the Nazis’ held the community accountable for any forms of resistance. Bauer uses an example of two boys who were seen leaving the ghetto and were able to hide and reach safety. The Nazis’ demanded the return of the two boys or the ghetto inhabitants would be killed. They did not return and the next day the entire ghetto was shot. Although this was a powerful tool the Nazis’ used in deferring resistance, the family responsibility was also a large deterrent. In joining a resistance force meant that you must disassociate yourself from your family in every way. The feeling of abandoning their family was sometimes too difficult for men to do, even though there was little they could do to help change the …show more content…
There were a total of six movements in all the camps combined, the resistance in the gas chambers of Auschwitz being the most famous. This was extremely difficult for many reasons. First of all, although there were armed undergrounds in two of the camps, they never acted, and other than this it was impossible to get arms to stage a real resistance. Second of all, the victims were so malnourished that they could not put up any reasonable fight. And lastly, they were in no mental state to fight the SS. They were instead, fighting for their life every second of the day. They had in some ways given up on life and often times willing to obey all orders because it was the easiest way to do

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