Non-Jewish Resistance

Sydney Cain

Overview of Holocaust

Beginning in 1933 and ending in 1945, the Holocaust was a genocide led by Adolf Hitler. The Nazis believed that they. the Germans, were racially superior and the Jews were far more inferior. Jews were forced into hiding and were put into concentration camps or killed if they got caught. In the end, over 6 million Jews were killed. 2/3 of the Jewish population in Europe were dead. May 7th, 1945, the Germans surrendered to the Allies, ending the war.

Definition/Background Information

In February of 1941, during the Holocaust, the Dutch started a strike against arrests and brutal treatment the Nazis were giving the Jews. Countries all across Europe had underground resistance movements that provided forged documents, arranged safe hiding places, and escape routes to the Jews in danger.

Original Research Question

Q: Why did the Non-Jewish help the Jews when they knew they were risking their lives?

A: Although they were not that many Non-Jews helping the Jews, they were motivated to end the Nazi's racism.


"Jews survived all the defeats, expulsions, persecutions and pogroms, the centuries in which they were regarded as a pariah people, even the Holocaust itself, because they never gave up the faith that one day they would be free to live as Jews without fear." ~Jonathan Sacks