Conducting a Passover seder in a forced labor camp, partisans fighting in the forests, dangerous courier missions, and illegal underground newspapers tell a fascinating, but rarely heard story. The brave act of defying the Nazis — whether with words or with actions — is the subject of the new, extraordinary exhibition Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust, on view at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust through September 14, 2008.

About the Exhibition

This large-scale exhibition, presented in association with Ghetto Fighters’ House, Israel, brings to light the stories of courageous men, women, and children who risked their lives to protect their communities, their humanity, and in some cases, their right to die with dignity. “This exhibition will reshape the way the public thinks about Jews during the Holocaust by focusing on the Jewish narrative,” Museum director Dr. David G. Marwell said. “This exhibition is not about what was done to the Jews by the Nazis, but rather about Jewish responses and actions. The general public has not been exposed to this part of history, this way of thinking. Jews fought Nazi occupation within their homes, their communities, in the ghettos and the forests, in the concentration camps, and in their hearts.”

A downloadable Teacher's Guide is available here.

daring to resist

The Teacher's Guide helps educators prepare students for a visit to the special exhibition. The Guide provides a general lesson plan for introducing the diversity of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust: Responding to the Rise of the Nazis; Resisting Occupation; Resisting Deportation; and Resisting Mass Murder.

About the Book

The remarkable accompanying volume to Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust is now available. This important publication highlighting the themes of the exhibition is an unique compilation of more than thirty memoirs, oral histories, and letters, some published for the first time in English, documents —from a Jewish perspective—the vitality and resilience of Jewish life under Nazi oppression.

daring to resist

148 pages, $22.95

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Download "Jewish Life in the Shadow of Destruction," an essay by exhibition curator Yitzchak Mais. ©2007


This exhibition is made possible through major funding from: Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz Fund of The New York Community Trust, the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities,* as well as generous leadership gifts from: Frank and Cesia Blaichman, Patti Askwith Kenner and Family, George and Adele Klein, Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert, David and Klara Ringel and Family, Shalom and Varda Yoran. Additional support from: The David Berg Foundation, Nancy Fisher, Robert I. Goldman Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, L’Oréal USA, Righteous Persons Foundation, and Gil and Claire (Israelit) Zweig. Media sponsorship provided by The Jewish Week.

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.