Jews and resistance in France during World War II / by Laura Kristianna Schmitt-Foye.
This study evaluates those who resisted the persecution and deportation of Jews in France during the German occupation from 1940 through 1945. It focuses on three categories: general resistance groups, Jewish resistance, and the resistance of other groups and individuals. Resistance includes any action taken to preserve Jewish lives or otherwise contradict German and Vichy demands regarding Jews.General resistance networks assisted Jews on an individual basis, but did not make saving Jewish lives a priority. Jewish resistance groups saved Jews and met non-humanitarian objectives, often in spite of Jewish state-sponsored charitable and religious institutions. Finally, Christian religious groups saved many Jews, and individual French citizens shared their homes or used their influence to preserve Jewish lives.This examination concludes that although general resistance networks and other groups and individuals saved Jews, the Jewish community itself was the principal actor in resisting the persecution of its members.
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