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Jewish Resistance in World War II

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In the wake of World War II, the myth developed that European Jews passively marched to their own slaughter. This disregards the fact that there was substantial Jewish resistance. In Poland (the country most impacted by the Holocaust) there were Jewish partisan groups in the countryside, revolts in a number of concentration camps, the successful escape of 50 prisoners out of 300 who crossed the fence from the Sobibor Extermination Camp (which resulted in the Nazis closing the camp), and resistance movements in 100 ghettoes. This study group will focus on the active resistance activities in the Warsaw ghetto which culminated in the uprising of April-May 1943. The text will be Isaac's Army by Matthew Brzezinski (Random House, 2012) which reads like a novel and is based on diaries as well as interviews with survivors and relatives. The reading will be supplemented by such relevant films as Defiance, Uprising, A Generation, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, and The Island on Bird Street. Please join us as we salute these true heroes facing nearly insurmountable odds. 

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Martha Bills 2.Dan Burns



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
9/10/2019 - 12/10/2019 Weekly - Tue 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Tom Swanstrom  ; Howard Blum  ClassRoom