Resistance: Jews and Christians who defied the Nazi Terror

TitleResistance: Jews and Christians who defied the Nazi Terror
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsTec, Nechama
Number of Pages245
PublisherOxford University Press

A common perception of Jews during World War II is that they were passive and submissive in the face of German oppression. In Resistance, Nechama Tec questions the validity of this widely held assumption, arguing that rather than making empty claims about Jewish passivity or heroics during the Holocaust, a systematic comparison of Jewish and non-Jewish resistance is needed. Tec examines the four main settings of the war - ghetto, concentration camp, forest and countryside, and the Aryan world - and describes what life was like for Jews and non-Jews in each. Given the unique Jewish predicament, Tec explains that Jewish resistance had different aims - in particular, Jewish efforts emphasized recovery of dignity and salvation of lives. This book also explores the larger concept of resistance, often too narrowly equated with armed attempts or too broadly equated with attempts merely to survive. Tec argues that resistance is dependent on the oppressed party's intent and the particular nature of the oppression faced. 

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