This exhibit was made possible via a grant from the Claims Conference.

NEW YORK, NY.- 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, opening at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust on April 16, 2007.

During the Holocaust, Jews throughout Europe, in individual and collective acts of resistance, sought to undermine the Nazi goal of annihilating the Jewish people. Jews engaged in a range of resistance activities with the aim of preserving Jewish life and dignity despite unimaginable difficulties. Their efforts powerfully refute the popular perception that Jews were passive victims. Through testimony, archival footage, and authentic artifacts, the exhibition will help visitors to understand the dilemmas that Jews faced under impossible circumstances. Whether praying clandestinely, documenting the experiences of Jews in the ghettos, or taking up arms to fight, these responses took many forms, but each and every one was a courageous act of resistance.
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