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.

viii material was available. To establish the chronology of events and to seek to discover the design in the Nazi extermination program from often contradictory facts I had to rely primarily on the immediate memories, not recollected in tranquillity, of the sufferers. To piece together the nature and scope of the varied attempts at rescue and resistance I had the advantage of meeting some of the chief, if for the most part unsuccessful, would- be saviors. Yet with the full advantage of our present knowledge, there is little that I would omit in the narrative as gathered in firsthand encounters with the chief actors, though much that I would add. The testimony of the witnesses given freshly after the event proved to be essentially accurate and forms a significant historic record. But there is in my opinion another compelling reason for the reissue of Blessed Is the Match after thirty years. Those who recounted their experiences did so in innocence and I wrote in innocence. By this I mean that our emotions were pure; we could still feel horror, and we judged with absolute clarity as to who were the guilty and who the sufferers. The murky metaphysics of later decades, in which the “ guilt” or complicity of the victim became a kind of extenuation of the criminal, had not as yet evolved. The systematic denigration of the tormented with a consequent implicit rehabilitation of the tormentor was not under way. The symbiosis of the sufferer with the perpetrator of the suffering was a refinement of perception to be evolved by future analysts, and the confusion of roles fashionable in some contemporary writing about the Holocaust was wholly absent. All the dark notes were sounded: I was told of the ambiguous function of the Jewish councils, the brutality of the Jewish ghetto police, the savage shifts for survival in the concentration camps, and of Jewish collaborators with the Germans. But the overriding theme was Nazi bestiality not Jewish degradation, Jewish valor not Jewish weakness. The victim was a martyr sanctified by his suffering, and his sins, if any, were part of his martyrdom. So, at any rate, did those whose wounds were still raw speak to me in 1945 and 1946. The simple woman who said, “ Understand it humanly,” was wiser as well as more com-

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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