Transcript of Did the Jews fight back against the Nazis?
Did the Jews fight back against the Nazis? On October 14, 1943, two SS men and a number of Ukrainian guards were killed, while trying to escape from the Sobibor concentration camp in Poland. 300 Jews escaped, but many died in the mine field that surrounded the concentration camp they were in. Most of them were hunted down after they escaped. Out of 300, only about 50 lived to the end of the war. The Jewish people were not allowed to have newspapers or radios, because they were not to know what was actually going on. Hitler and the Nazis made everyone believe that when they had to go on the cattle cars, they were going to a nicer place to live, and that they were going to live a better life. They were forced to write post cards to their families explaining how great their new life was. Once they were at the concentration camps, they undressed and entered a gas chamber believing it was a shower. Eventually word got out that trains were actually relocating people to their death and that "work" in the work camps was actually exterminating people and disposing their bodies. There were several attempts at armed and organized resistance where the Jews would put up a good fight with little ammunition, and man power, and they withstood the full force of the German Whermacht war machine for over 30 days. Hitler and the Nazis targeted Jewish people, Gypsies, , homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and communists. Some of these people tried to hide from the Nazis, like Anne Frank and her family. A few were successful; most were not. Those that were captured suffered sterilization, forced resettlement, separation from family and friends, beatings, torture, starvation, and death. In many of the occupied countries, like Poland, France, Norway and much of Yugoslavia, there were active resistance movements against the Nazis. On April 19, 1943 German troops invaded the Warsaw Ghetto to make sure there were no rebellions. Jewish resistance fighters began resisting the German forces in the ghetto on January 18. The Germans were driven from the area. So did the Jews fight back? Thesis statement: In many ways the Jews did fight back. In the end though it was no match for the powerful Nazis. Conclusion: To recap everything the Jews did fight back, but even though they did, they barely left a dent in to the Nazi army. Bibliography: http://daledamos.blogspot.com/2007/07/jewish-resistance-during-holocaust.htmlFull transcript