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Anna Wrobel

Jewish Resistance

I want to share Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel's article on resistance and victimization during the Holocaust, featured in Jewish Currents magazine's Autumn 2015 special issue. The kernel of her article is that there is no clear dichotomy between resisters and victims. Everyone lost. Many died. She writes about the importance of fighting for the memory of the dead:

"My parents taught us that the foremost role of Jewish resistance is to fight for the memory of the dead — the beaten, broken, terrorized, starved, diseased, deceived. The majority of resisters and fighters, after all, were also killed. “Hero” and “victim” blur within actual contexts. Jews were trapped across a whole continent, where many non-Jews, too, lived in terror while others murderously practiced Jew-hatred without legal repercussions. All European Jews lost families, homes, and futures, as two thirds of the nine million fell to bullets, gas, and dust."

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They Fought Back - Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel

I had the pleasure of attending the Puffin Cultural Forum's opening event for the new exhibit They Fought Back. The installation will be on view April 13th to May 4th, so there is still plenty of time to go! Lawrence Bush, editor of Jewish Currents magazine, and Anna Wrobel, historian and daughter of Holocaust survivors, spoke on the reality of Jewish resistance to the Holocaust.

I wanted to share some of Ms. Wrobel's poetry published in Lilith:

She writes of her mother, and of resistance, the topic of the presentation I heard. 

From "Equipment":

What in her life equipped her
for smuggling the few guns
a farmer may be bought for, 
hoping S.S. or Home Guard hadn’t gotten to him first?

What in her life equipped her for
executing traitors, for burning down
squealers and Jew murderers?

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