Blessed is the Match: The Story...

This book is a classic account of Jewish tragedy, faith, hope, and triumph. Published originally in 1947, it is one of the first works to deal with the horrors and the heroism of the Holocaust years.

x sations of its bravest spirits. Those who venture to pass judgment on the conduct of European Jewry must marvel more at the degree of fortitude and mutual compassion than at the number of the weak and corruptible. The writers, despite their fury at what has been debased, never lose sight of the truth that the fallen are part of the Jewish tragedy and fellow victims. This sense of partnership, which in some instances brutalized and in others ennobled, which created heroes and sinners as well as a mass of totally defenseless beings prostrate before the Nazi juggernaut, was communicated to me vividly by those to whom I spoke. The facts were stark and self- evident. Only later would the behavior of European Jewry in its ultimate agony become the subject for psychoanalytic probing, as though the inability of enfeebled, starving men, women, and children to resist armed storm troopers was a mystery to be unraveled by the techniques of social science. Hardly a week passes in which we do not read of sizable groups of adults cowed by one hijacker. And we ask no embarrassing questions about the failure of the crew or passengers to leap at the thug with the bomb. The crew does not wish to endanger the passengers, and the passengers hope to be ransomed. Yet many still presume to censure the behavior of the wholly helpless caught in the Nazi vise. Even those who escaped incarceration in the ghetto through their own efforts and ingenuity are not freed of blame. In The Informed Heart Bruno Bettelheim criticizes the parents of Anne Frank for their attempt to hide. Had they tried to escape to the free world or sought to fight the Germans they might have survived. They should have had a gun to repulse the police; and Anne should have been sent to live with a Dutch family as their child. Passivity and a desire to continue life “ as usual,” as well as an inability to face the reality of Auschwitz ( Oswiecim), doomed the Franks. These ex post facto strictures seem beside the point. The Franks fled to Holland from Germany in 1933. Had they been blessed with foreknowledge they would have tried to

Blessed is the Match: The Story of Jewish Resistance


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FRONT MATTEREpigraphTitle PageCopyright PageContentsIntroductionI. UDII. THE PARACHUTISTS FROM PALESTINE1. The Mission2. “Blessed Is the Match”3. Behind the Lines with Tito4. In a Hungarian Prison5. Resistance in Budapest6. A Shepherd in Rumania7. What Did They Achieve?III. THE UNDERGROUND NETWORK1. The Office in Istanbul2. Eichmann Makes an Offer3. Negotiations with Wislitzeni4. Eichmann's Last Offer: “Goods for Blood”IV. THE GHETTO BATTLE1. The Witnesses2. Why They Went: Hopelessness and Hope3. The Struggle of the Spirit: “To Live With Honor”4. The Youth Groups Prepare: “To Die With Honor”5. The Last Stand: The Jewish Fighting Organization6. The Indictment7. “Understand It Humanly”V. JEWISH PARTISANS IN EASTERN EUROPE1. The Woodmen2. In Vilna: The United Partisans3. “Jerusalem” in White RussiaVI. IN WESTERN EUROPE1. In Holland It Was Different2. Rescue Is Resistance3. France—Service des Jeunes4. The Jewish MaquisVII. RESISTANCE IN PALESTINE1. Haganah: A People's Army2. The Poetry of Action3. Ha‘apalah: Illegal Immigration4. “The Blood Be on Your Head”5. The Seventh CityEpilogue: 1976
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