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Resistance Is...

Israeli poet Haim Gouri and Monia Avrahami explore resistance during the Holocaust.


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English — US


By Haim Guri and Monia Avrahami

To smuggle a loaf of bread — was to resist.

To teach in secret — was to resist.

To gather information and distribute an underground newsletter — was to resist.

To cry out warning and shatter illusions — was to resist.

To rescue a Torah scroll — was to resist.

To forge documents — was to resist.

To smuggle people across borders — was to resist.

To chronicle events and conceal the records — was to resist.

To extend a helping hand to those in need — was to resist.

To dare to speak out, at the risk of one's life  — was to resist.  

To stand empty-handed against the killers — was to resist. 

To reach the besieged, smuggling weapons and commands — was to resist.

To take up arms in streets, mountains and forests — was to resist.

To rebel in the death camps — was to resist.

To rise up in the ghettos, amid tumbling walls, 

in the most desperate revolt humanity has ever known...

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Facing History & Ourselves, “Resistance Is...”, last updated May 13, 2016.

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