Jews Against Nazi Germany During World War II

"Jews in the fight against Nazi Germany during World War II," an international conference on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of war, will explore Jewish participation in the fight against the Third Reich and its allies and resistance to the Nazi policy of extermination

  • 19-20 September (Thursday-Friday), Admission free 

The conference will explore both armed struggle and organized and individual civil resistance. Jewish soldiers fought in the ranks of allied armies, including the Polish Army, Red Army, and American Army. Jews formed armed underground organizations and participated in partisan formations in many countries. 

What constituted Jewish resistance? How should Jewish resistance be understood and how was it different from other forms of resistance during the war? The conference will contribute to a better understanding of Jewish efforts to save lives and defend human dignity in the face of the Nazi genocide.

Languages: Polish and English (simultaneous translation).

On the photo above: "Dog tag” that identified Julian Bussgang, a soldier in the Polish Second Corps. Bussgang was born in Lwów. In September 1939, when the war broke out, his family fled to Romania. Several months later, they reached Palestine. After the Polish Second Corps of the General Anders Army arrived in Palestine, Bussgang volunteered to join. He fought in Italy, including at Monte Cassino. After the war, he studied in Italy and England. In 1949, he immigrated to the United States.

Photo: M. Starowieyska. Collection of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews collection, inventory no. MHŻP-B80. Gift of Julian Bussgang.


Program available HERE [PDF] >>


The conference is organized within the Global Education Outreach Program.

The conference was made possible thanks to Taube Philanthropies, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.

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