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Jewish prisoners in Nazi camp.
Source: JPEF
WHY did the Partisans Fight?

The Nazis planned to murder all of Europe's Jews. They slowly took away Jewish rights-rights to own property, have banks accounts, hold jobs or be in business. Jews were forced to wear yellow stars and were subjected to other acts of degradation and oppression to set them apart from the rest of the population. Most Jews were told they would be sent to work camps, not death camps, which resulted in little to no resistance from them.
Jewish partisans, like most of the people in the world, had no idea about the death camps and how many people were being killed. Yet, almost everyone in a partisan group had family members who were murdered.

These victims relished the opportunity to fight back. As Sonia Orbuch, a fighter from Poland said, “If I was going to die, I was going to die as a fighter, not as a Jew.”

Some Jews escaped to form partisan units to stop the Nazi war machine from killing more Jews and to help the Allies win the war. Others fought to avenge the murder of their families.