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Gripping and inspiring,
This review is from: Memoirs of a Warsaw Ghetto Fighter (Paperback)
An inspiring and gripping real life account by a Warsaw Ghetto fighter of the Jewish Fighting Organization (ZOB)-easy to read and absorbing. A real life stroy of sacrifice, cunning, and ultimate courage, as well as an important eyewitness of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprisings.
Simcha Rotem (Kazik) was a Jewish fighter and courier in the ZOB, one of the two primary Jewish armed resistance movements during the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. ZOB was mainly made up of members of Socialist Zionist youth organizations, the religious Zionist Bnei Akiva movement and some Marxist Bundists. The other resistance movement was the Jewish Military Union (ZZW) made up of rightwing Betarist Zionists. My ONLY quibble with this book is that if barely covers the role in the uprisings against the Nazis of the ZZW. The ZZW was formed at the outset of the Nazi occupation of Poland, and was in fact the first Jewish fighting organization formed in Poland, the first to become alive to the Nazi danger, the first to institute military training and secure weapons and the first to go into action. Rotem acted as a courier from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Gentile or 'Aryan' Sector of Poland. ater he was a key commander of the Ghetto uprisings and was engaged in the moist dangerous and intense fighting with Nazi forces.
In August 1944, he took part in the Polish Warsaw Uprising ', mainly working with the with the communist resistance People's Army (Polish Armia Ludowa or AL), though there was some collaboration between the Jewish Fighters and the nationalist Armia Krajowa (Home Army)
He would not have survived without the help of several beautiful Jewish girls of Polish gentile appearance who had hidden in the 'Aryan' section of Warsaw. Afterward fighting with the brave men and women of the ZOB and ZZW he was a commander in the uprising.
Although his twelve-year old sister was murdered in the ghetto uprising, his parents and another sister survived in hiding and, in 1947, he and the surviving members of his family immigrated to Mandate Palestine and became an Israeli citizen when Israel gained its freedom in 1948. He now lives in Jerusalem. As of 2013, he is one of three survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Moist of those Jews who survived the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, including some of the key resistance leaders, moved to Israel, were their descendants still live today.
Let that be a reminder to those sick and evil people who try to equate the Israeli Jews with the Nazis.
Today Israelis are being abused and persecuted around the world and murdered in Israel and elsewhere simply for their existence as Israeli Jews, not for their deeds or opinions.
The international fury against the collective Jewish presence in Israel certainly mirrors the rise of Nazism.
If we can learn anything from the holocaust it is to defend Israel and her people from the hatred and boycott, divestment and sanction campaign that inevitably leads to mass murder.