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Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust

by Evgeny Finkel, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Jerusalem Post, April 28, 2017

In an appeal to the ghetto Jews of Bialystok written in January 1943, underground commander Mordechai Tenenbaum pledged, “We shall not go like lambs to the slaughter! If we are too weak to defend our lives – we are strong enough to defend our Jewish honor and our human dignity. We shall fall like heroes, and in our death – we will not die!” Although the ghetto population did not join the uprising, Tenenbaum and his comrades fought valiantly, forcing the Nazis to use tanks and air power to subdue them. Apparently, Tenenbaum took his own life during the final stages of the fighting.


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