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Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust : Moral Uses of Violence and Will - J. Glass

Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust

Moral Uses of Violence and Will

By: J. Glass

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9781403939074
Number Of Pages: 206

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It is an all too common belief that Jews did nothing to resist their own fate in the Holocaust. However, the parallel realities of disintegrating physical and psychological conditions in the ghetto, and the efforts of ghetto undergrounds to counter both collaborationist judenrat policies and the despair of a beaten down population, could not but lead to a breakdown in spiritual life. James M. Glass examines spiritual resistance to the Holocaust and the place of this within political and violent resistance. He explores Jewish reactions to the murderous campaign against them and their creation of new spiritual and moral rules to live by. He argues that the Orthodox Jewish response to annihilation, often seen as unduly passive, was predicated in the insanity of the times and can be seen as spiritually noble.

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'No book on Jewish resistance during the Holocaust is better than James Glass's. The scope of his analysis, which ranges from the armed resistance of partisan groups to the spiritual resistance of Orthodox rabbis in the Holocaust's ghettos, is unrivaled. The depth of his reflection, which not only lays to rest the long-lived stereotype that Jews were passive victims in the Holocaust but also explores the ethical and religious beliefs that informed different and, at times, conflicting approaches to resistance, is more penetrating than anything previously written on such topics. Original in its scholarship, making skillful use of documents and oral testimony, and written in a captivating style, this book is a superb addition to the study of the Holocaust and its implications.' - Professor John K. Roth, Director, Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College, California, USA

'Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust provides important new information about how Strictly Orthodox Jews coped with the uniquely diabolical situation of Nazi genocide. The whole field of Orthodox Jewry and the Holocaust remains underexplored, and this book gives us valuable new material.' - Professor William D. Rubinstein, Department of History, University of Wales-Aberystwyth, UK.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: Memory, Resistance and Reclaiming the Selfp. 1
The Moral Justification for Killingp. 9
Collective Trauma: The Disintegration of Ethicsp. 27
The Moral Position of Violence: Bielski Survivorsp. 55
The Moral Goodness of Violence: Necessity in the Forestsp. 79
Spiritual Resistance: Understanding its Meaningp. 103
Condemned Spirit and the Moral Arguments of Faithp. 121
The Silence of Faith Facing the Emptied-out Selfp. 141
Law and Spirit in Terrible Timesp. 155
Notesp. 169
Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9781403939074
ISBN-10: 1403939071
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1