What Defines Resistance

From the Jewish Partisan Encyclopedia

Jewish resistance took on different forms. Physical resistance by the partisans was something that hurt the Germans. Spiritual resistance may not have affected the Germans and their collaborators directly, but it was important to the Jews, since the Nazis wanted to take away their dignity and self-respect.

In defiance of the laws, the Jews held prayer services, or taught children to read Hebrew

There were smugglers who sent children to safety and couriers who carried messages between the ghettos, as well as forgers who created documents for use in the outside world. Jews in the work camps sabotaged guns and other products they were making for the Germans.

In Lithuania, Jewish partisans were responsible for significant damage to Nazi trains. Partisans also destroyed numerous Nazi power plants and factories, and focused their attention on other military and strategic targets, rather than on civilians.

Resistance and defiance took multiple manifestations. In her paper, “Tribute”, Christina Sternberg chronicles many unique and touching stories. She will states that “a rather detailed indication of the actually massive resistance is provided by the paper by Jack Gostl entitled ‘They Didn’t Just Go Quietly