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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-09-28

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, September 28, 1984

Did Jews resist
in Holocaust?

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BY MICHAEL SHASHAR
Special to The Jewish News

The period of the Holocaust
causes some Jews, especially
among the younger generation,
feelings of uneasiness and even of
guilt. The question has often been
asked: Why did the Jews go as
lambs to the slaughter instead of
revolting?
In answering the question it
must be taken into account that
during World War II the Germans
killed over 20 million people of
various nationalities — not only
Jews. Apparently, physical resis-
tance was made impossible. And if
this was true of the gentile popu-
lation of Europe, who dwelt in
their own countries and had large
armies, it was even truer of the
Jews. The Jews, after all, consti-
tuted a minority and to a large
extent alien element in Europe.
These facts are objective and,
therefore, should not result in any
type of guilt feelings by the
Jewish population of today.
One problem, perhaps, lies in
definition. In today's world,
heroism and physical bravery are
thought to be the same thing. It
seems that many Jews who have
been brought up on western cul-
ture conceive heroism in its phys-
ical sense alone. This is where
some Jews feel ill at ease because
other Jews did not physically re-
volt against the Germans.
In contrast to this concept, it
should be noted that the Jewish
idea of heroism is not only a phys-
, ical one, but mainly a spiritual
and mental one. The very fact that
Israel continues to exist while
kingdoms such as Babylon, Per-
sia, Greece and Rome have van-
ished is proof that the spiritual
wins out over the material..
The Jews exercised their
spiritual heroism in World War II
and, to a large extent, kept the
commandments of the Torah.
They kept the Sabbath and laws of
kashruth even in the camps.
In this way, the Jews were
heroic and did rebel against the
Nazi regime. Heroism is not only
a physical phenomenon, but a
spiritual one as well.

LOCAL NEWS

Southfield branch
of Michigan Bank
exhibits local art

An exhibit featuring the
"Romantic Futurism" paintings
of Howard Weingarden will be
held in the lobby of the Michigan
National Bank, 29630 Southfield
Road in Southfield through Oct. 1.
Sponsored by the Business Con-
sortium for the Arts, the exhibit is
open to the public during the
bank's regular office hours.

Southfield Library
has children's film

The Southfield Public Library
children's room will show Walt
Disney's Dumbo, Wednesday at 7
p.m. in the Marcotte Room.
There is no charge. For infor-
mation, call the library, 354-5342.

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