Sample History Essays on Resistance of the Jews

Resistance of the Jews

The ghettoization of the Jews after the Poland invasion by Germany in 1939 was characterized by brutal living conditions. Germans aimed to control this sizable Jewish population by forcing Jews to reside in marked-off sections of towns and cities the Nazis called “ghettos” or “Jewish residential quarters” (Botwinick, 2016). This factor led to the resistance of the Jews in an attempt to survive their misery. The forms of resistance included the unarmed resistance by the activist in the Jewish ghettos. The activist formed underground groups from which they planed their way out of the ghettos. They did not want to use arms and weapons until their last day to enable proper mobilization and not too look suspecting.

The Jews smuggled food into their ghetto quarters for sustenance because the portions they were being given by the Nazis was hardly enough. To stand out and speak, as mentioned in the poem by Haim Guri and Monia Avrahami, was another form of resistance. Some Jews tried to speak out on behalf of the others complaining about the poor living standards marked with poor sanitation and crowded ghettos that caused epidemics and diseases causing large number of deaths. The publishing of underground newspapers and radios was also another form of resistance whereby the political groups in the ghettos published newspapers to let other people know of their conditions in the ghettos and to keep up their fighting spirits.

Such acts of resistance show how strong the resilience of a human spirit is. The human spirit has the desire to spring back into shape and to feel human again. The ghettos degraded the humanity of the Jews and made them feel weak and lesser humans hence the need for resistance.



Botwinick, R. S. (2016). A history of the Holocaust: from ideology to annihilation. Boston, MA: Pearson Education.