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Holocaust and Rebirth (Kibbutz Nezer Sereni, Israel) (1965–1968) by Batia Lichansky (1901–1992)

Holocaust and Rebirth (Kibbutz Nezer Sereni, Israel) (1965–1968) by Batia Lichansky (1901–1992) Credit: Photo Avishai Teicher.

Antisemitism and Holocaust, 1750–2005

The Posen Digital Library (PDL) features hundreds of images and excerpts from primary sources related to antisemitism and the Holocaust, 1750–2005. These 3–5 minute Teaching Clip videos, available to use FREE in your lectures and classes, feature esteemed scholars such as Deborah Dash Moore, Todd Endelman, Zvi Gitelman, or Samuel D. Kassow, discussing aspects of antisemitism and the Holocaust, 1750–2005.

Jewish Resistance: Weapons, Written Words, and Religious Defiance: Posen Library Teaching Clip #11

Jewish Wartime Anthologies of Despair, Resistance, and Hope: Posen Library Teaching Clip #10

Jewish Resistance: Weapons, Written Words, and Religious Defiance: Posen Library Teaching Clip #11

In Jewish Resistance: Weapons, Written Words, and Religious Defiance: Posen Library Teaching Clip #11, Samuel Kassow demonstrates that resistance to antisemitism and to annihilation was not limited to armed rebellion and partisan activities. Written words and religious defiance are also methods of fighting. This teaching clip highlights three forms of resistance: armed confrontation (through the example of partisan leader Abba Kovner), defiance through written documentation (in the underground prison-cell diary of Gusta Dawidsohn-Draenger, “Justyna”), and religious faith (in the Warsaw ghetto sermons of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira).

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Suggested search terms on PDL for more related selections: genocide, ghetto, Holocaust, partisans, religious faith, resistance, uprising, war

Jewish Wartime Anthologies of Despair, Resistance, and Hope: Posen Library Teaching Clip #10

In Jewish Wartime Anthologies of Despair, Resistance, and Hope: Posen Library Teaching Clip #10, Samuel Kassow explores the impetus felt by some Jewish editors to compile anthologies. Such anthologies provided Jews with historical models for meeting the challenges of the ghetto and the war, while also giving contemporary Jews a place to record their actions, feelings, and resistance for future readers. The Yiddish anthology of Jewish history created by Antek Zuckerman and Eliyohu Gutkowski during World War II served to educate youth clandestinely in the Warsaw ghetto. At the same time in America, Leo W. Schwarz compiled an anthology to record examples of historical and cultural Judaism for the English-language reader.

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Suggested search terms on PDL for more related selections: antisemitism, anthologies, diaries, ghetto, Holocaust, memory, resistance, war

This is the complete event from which the Teaching Clips in this topic come:
“Jewish Writing during the Holocaust” – October 5, 2021

These other complete events may also interest you:
“Between the World Wars: Great Creativity and Growing Crisis” – October 15, 2020
“Critical Years at the End of the Twentieth Century: 1973, 1977, 1989, and 1993” – October 21, 2020
“Catastrophe and Rebirth, 1939–1973” – December 1, 2020

You’ll find playable videos of these events at the above links and on the Posen Library Past Events page.

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