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Resistance Basics

Engage and inspire your students by teaching about the approximately 30,000 Jews who fought back against the Nazis and their collaborators as Jewish partisans. Start here and you’ll be ready to teach at least one 15-60 minute class on Jewish armed and unarmed resistance within minutes of completing the course.


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  • 49:16 minute video divided into 10 chapters
  • 5 Downloadable study guides for grades 6-12 and Up
  • Desktop and mobile access
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1.25 Credit hours towards free CEUs (10 credit hours = 1 CEU)
Interactive Features
  • Appropriate for classroom use
  • Start and stop any time
  • Optional quizzes to qualify for course credits
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What Will I Learn?

  • How to teach at least one 45 to 60 minute class about armed and unarmed Jewish resistance efforts during World War II
  • How to use JPEF curricula to teach history, heroism, ethics, leadership, Jewish values, and more
  • The five most important things to teach about the Jewish partisans
  • Historical context for teaching about armed and unarmed resistance during the Holocaust
  • How to use the JPEF website to find the resources that are right for you
  • Techniques for fostering comprehension and critical thinking skills
  • Suggestions for extending the lessons
  • The life lessons of the Jewish partisans: Young people can make a difference, Stand up to tryanny, oppression and discrimination -- early, and Never give up

About this Course

Q:What is the video course about?
A:During the Holocaust, 20,000-30,000 Jewish partisans, spread across at least ten Nazi-occupied territories in Europe, fighting to help defeat the German army. This course provides tools and resources to teach your students how Jewish partisans overcame extreme conditions to strike back against their oppressors during the Holocaust.
Q:Who is it for?
A:For educators teaching 6th grade and above. Suggestions are given for modifying the activities to suit your needs. Basic knowledge of World War II and the Holocaust is helpful, but not required.
Q:What resources from the JPEF website will the course introduce me to?
A:More than 50 partisan profiles using primary-source video testimonials, photographs and short biographies. A library of short documentary films. Access to more than 15 printable lessons and study guides. Hundreds of video clips and photographs. JPEF's blog to keep you updated with new curricula, teacher tips, and articles. Maps, a virtual underground bunker, and more.
Q:How do these materials support learning?
A:These materials provide the basis for whole class discussion, partner study, written response, research projects, and creative extensions that will expand the way students think about both history and resistance to oppression. The materials are designed to encourage critical thinking skills, including questions about the moral and ethical issues partisans faced and how students might respond to difficult situations in their own lives.
Q:How is the course structured?
A:Nine chapters each, with chapter quizzes to reinforce comprehension. Teachers who score 80% or more on the quizzes can earn free credit hours and CEUs through Touro College.


  • 1. Introduction and Goals (04:39)
  • 2. German-Soviet 1939 Non-Aggression Pact (02:01)
  • 3. Jewish Ghettos and Camps (04:49)
  • 4. Different Types of Resistance (02:18)
  • 5. How Partisan Groups Began (10:07)
  • 6. What Partisan Groups Accomplished (03:36)
  • 7. Antisemitism in the Partisans (04:30)
  • 8. Luck, Opportunity, Knowledge (01:40)
  • 9. How to Use This in the Classroom (11:02)
  • 10. Conclusion/Summary (04:34)


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I have been teaching WWII and the Holocaust for 30 years, but this is the first truly useful video-learning course that I have taken. I know I will use this in my classroom for as long as I able to teach!


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