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Voices of Resistance

In this clip series, survivors and other witnesses to genocide recall the various ways they individually or collectively resisted injustice and discrimination during wartime, sometimes at great personal risk. What are the circumstances in which resisting authority becomes a moral duty? What forms can resistance take? What does the face of resistance look like?

Voices of Resistance

In this clip series, survivors and other witnesses to genocide recall the various ways they individually or collectively resisted injustice and discrimination during wartime, sometimes at great personal risk. What are the circumstances in which resisting authority becomes a moral duty? What forms can resistance take? What does the face of resistance look like?

Days of Remembrance: Roman Kent

Language: English

Roman Kent talks about the songs he would sing for resistance in camps and how these songs create a sense of community.

  • Days of Remembrance: Roman Kent

    Language: English

    Roman Kent talks about the songs he would sing for resistance in camps and how these songs create a sense of community.

  • Ruth Brand on resistance

    Language: English

     

    Ruth Brand talks about the decision to fast on Yom Kippur—also known as the Day of Atonement—in Auschwitz II-Birkenau as a form of resistance.

     

     

  • Ralph Friedman on Resistance Songs in Vilnius

    Language: English

    Ralph Friedman recalls the songs he used to hear in the Vilnius ghetto, including one about a resistance leader who turned himself in to the commandant.

  • Esperance Kaligirwa on her neighbors standing up to genocide

    Language: English

    In this clip, Esperance Kaligirwa recalls being rounded up by men intent on killing her and her family but were spared by the actions of her neighbors who interceded for them.

Armenian Genocide Survivor Robert Gajar

Armenian Genocide survivor Robert Gajar was on a death march down a mountain trail when he was left behind because his belongings kept sliding off his donkey. On the way down he witnessed something horrific.

Holocaust survivor Blake Schiff on the Ringelblum Archive

Holocaust survivor Blake Schiff discusses the direct involvement he and his sisters had as “chroniclers” who helped Emanuel Ringelblum document the atrocities in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Magda Weiss

Magda Weiss recalls the day her Hungarian family was taken away to a Jewish ghetto.

Dorothy Zoltek on Emanuel Ringelblum

Dorothy Zoltek, a Warsaw Ghetto and Holocaust survivor, said she knew Emanuel Ringelblum's family well. She discusses their relationship in this testimony, recorded in 1985 by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto. The testimony is stored in USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive.

 

Minna Aspler on Emanuel Ringelblum

Holocaust survivor Minna Aspler -- who spent time in the Warsaw Ghetto -- recalls the personality of Emanuel Ringelblum, who had been her history teacher. Ringelblum went on to lead a clandestine effort with other Warsaw Ghetto inhabitants to amass an archive that would eventually shine a light on the atrocities that occurred there. Aspler's testimony, recorded by McGill University in Montreal in 1995, is stored in USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive.

Charlotte McKern

Charlotte McKern, who survived the Holocaust by taking refuge in Shanghai, shares the story of how she met her husband, Robert Grosslight, a physician who’d been released from the Dachau concentration camp in Germany to migrate to Shanghai.

Selma Engel on the notorious commander at Sobibor

Selma Engel describes how the insurrection at Sobibor was timed to coincide with the vacation of Gustav Franz Wagner, an infamously sadistic Nazi commander at the camp who reportedly had a strong intuition about inmate collusion.

Selma Engel on the Sobibor uprising

Selma Engel describes the chaos that erupted during the uprising at the Sobibor death camp, enabling her and her future husband, Chaim Engel, to escape.

Emmanuel Ndashimye

Emmanuel Ndashimye, a survivor of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi, talks about three times he came close to death during the genocide, but somehow managed to survive.

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