Resisting the Holocaust
Upstanders, Partisans, and Survivors
by Paul R. Bartrop
June 2016, 445pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-878-8
$121, £94, 106€, A166
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-879-5
Please contact your preferred eBook vendor for pricing.

Resistance to the Nazis by Jews and non-Jews came in the form of armed violence, attempts at rescue, or simply the act of survival.

This book enables readers to learn about upstanders, partisans, and survivors from first-hand perspectives that reveal the many forms of resistance—some bold and defiant, some subtle—to the Nazis during the Holocaust.

What did those who resisted the Nazis during the 1930s through 1945—known now as “the Righteous”—do when confronted with the Holocaust? How did those who resorted to physical acts of resistance to fight the Nazis in the ghettos, the concentration camps, and the forests summon the courage to form underground groups and organize their efforts?

This book presents a comprehensive examination of more than 150 remarkable people who said “no” to the Nazis when confronted by the Holocaust of the Jews. They range from people who undertook armed resistance to individuals who risked—and sometimes lost—their lives in trying to rescue Jews or spirit them away to safety. In many cases, the very act of survival in the face of extreme circumstances was a form of resistance. This important book explores the many facets of resistance to the Holocaust that took place less than 100 years ago, providing valuable insights to any reader seeking evidence of how individuals can remain committed to the maintenance of humanitarian traditions in the darkest of times.


  • Provides readers with insights into how and when resistance activities took place during the Holocaust—historical information that is both deeply saddening and inspirational
  • Documents the myriad ways in which upstanders sought to minimize the worst effects of Nazi anti-Jewish measures
  • Explains how those who came to be recognized as the Righteous among the Nations engaged in their life-saving work
  • Supplies document introductions and scholarly analysis that help readers to better understand the primary source material as well as a comprehensive bibliography that serves as a gateway to further research
Paul Bartrop, PhD, is an award-winning scholar of the Holocaust and genocide. He is professor of history and director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL. In 2011–2012, Bartrop was the Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Richard Stockton College. Between 1997 and 2011, he taught in—and was head of—the Department of History at Bialik College in Melbourne, Australia. Concurrently, he was for many years an Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, Melbourne. He has previously been a scholar-in-residence at the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance and Humanitarian Values at Northern Arizona University and a visiting professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. In Australia, he also taught at the University of South Australia and Monash University.


"[T]he coverage leans toward leaders and public figures. . . . Just as revealing and inspiring, however, are lesser-known leaders of armed camp revolts, and an array of rescuers, forgers, diarists, labor leaders, priests, pacifists, policemen, and others. . . . Wikipedia lacks entries for many of these figures, or says less."—ARBA, September 8, 2016

"Larger public and academic libraries should consider this useful resource, which will acquaint users with a lesser known aspect of the Holocaust and introduce them to some remarkable people who deserve recognition."—Booklist, September 6, 2016
By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
Accept All Cookies | Decline.