During World War II, the Nazis killed 6,000,000 Jews. But despite Hitler's far-reaching campaign of anti-Semitism and murder, there were those who were able to rise up and oppose his evil regime. Like so many who survived the Holocaust, there are fewer and fewer left of those who resisted. As we observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ynet News brings us the stories of Holocaust survivors who were able to fight back:
While most of his fellow Jews were being killed or brutalized in Nazi death camps and ghettos, Baruch Shub and his friends were hiding in the forests of the former Soviet Union, trying to undermine the Nazis by derailing trains, burning bridges, sabotaging communication lines and killing the occasional collaborator.
"You couldn't really fight the German army, given our means, but we did our best to disrupt them," recalled the 94-year-old Shub at his retirement home in central Israel. "Whether or not it made a difference, I don't know. But it gave me a great sense of joy that at least I was doing something to get even with them."
As Israel marks its annual Holocaust memorial day, those aging survivors who actively resisted and helped shape the country's fighting spirit are quickly disappearing. Shub is among perhaps only a handful of remaining Soviet partisan fighters. Only two remain from the greatest symbol of resistance of all—the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising.
Israel will come to a standstill Thursday for its annual remembrance of the Holocaust's 6 million victims. It falls on the same date on the Hebrew calendar as the Warsaw uprising—the ultimately doomed revolt that played such an important role in defining the country's psyche...