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an act of dignity and self-respect. It is an act of refusing to be abeast, what Nazi was trying to mold them into. When Levidescribes how Steinlauf held his jacket between his knees to inorder to keep them safe, the image together with his belief wasstuck in my head ever since I read it. It is very sad when Levisaid he understands Steinlauf’s insistence but he could not bringhimself to do the same. He just lost his hope.“Facing Death in the Bialystock Ghetto,”BackgroundDiscussions of armed resistance, dying with honor vs. trying to survive the best they can in thewoods
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ContextArmed resistance came at a point when the victims understood that their fate was certain death,there were no other options to save themselves. It was an act that was taken when at the momentJews understood they had no chance at survival; so armed resistance was not taken as a way toperhaps survive as it was in itself almost certain death. Nobody saw this as a way to survive—itwas a way to choose own death and leave a mark in history, and a choice to help defeat theNazis.Considering the comrades' circumstances, their conversation was carried out in a scarily logical,composed manner--similar to how a group of friends might debate the passing of a newlegislation.In the face of aktion, when the Nazis demanded that the Jews be rounded up for resettlement, thissmall group of prisoners debated two main options: to organize immediate counteraction, whichmeant certain death or to try and steal weapons from the Nazis and flee to the woods, whichwould also serve as a place for combat and revenge. With death hovering above their heads, thecomrades faced a choiceless choice: should they fight now or in the woods? Should they diesooner or later? The prisoners' debate had nothing to do with which option would prevent themfrom suffering the most, but rather with which option "maintain[ed] until the very end thecharacter and pride of the movement" (354).the first option that is talked about is the option to rebel and fight until everyone falls. Thischoice would mean not following through on orders and not working in the factories thencollectively attacking the German Army until they all die. This option does mean that they willdie sooner rather than later but the speaker in the beginning, Mordecai, represents this group’sthinking as he is young and willing to make a decision such as this. Instead of viewing thepossibilities of hiding in the forest and being a “cowardice” group, another speaker Hershldescribes this decision as a proud chapter of Jewish Bialystok. A girl with an opposite stance,Sarah, sees honor coming from hiding and attempting to remain alive by doing so. Anothervantage point spoken by a man named Enoch, views the forest as an uncertainty and does placemerit upon the others’ central idea of dying with honor. Enoch represents the option of havingdoubt in combating the Germans but views taking weapons into the forest as a last resort in their

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