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Uprising panel

Film | RG Number: RG-60.3866 | Film ID: 2670

Irving Greenberg moderates the Uprising panel and introduces the subject. He explains various modes of resistance.

01:02:19 Vladka Meed, courier in Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Explains her role as a member of the Jewish underground; had to obtain arms for the organization. 01:06:35 Explains about the uprising and the attack. Talks of unity of resistance and the plead for help from the Polish government in exile in England. (p. 164 "Liberation of Camps")

01:16:48 Richard Glazar, survivor of Treblinka camp and a part of the uprising. Explains character and conditions of camp. Antisemitism in Poland meant they couldn't expect help from the outside. 01:21:25 Explains preparations for the uprising. CU, man drawing members of the panel. Less than 10% had military training, few had access to SS barracks and ammunition stores. Copied key for munitions store. Problems with grenades delayed uprising. Traitors warned SS guards. Treblinka was burnt down. (p. 166 "Liberation of Camps")

01:27:48 Ester Raab. One of the 14 survivors of Sobibor. Describes jobs there and atrocities that took place (p. 167 "Liberation of Camps")

01:32:00 Greenberg asks panel what resistance/uprisings showed. Raab explained that it was better to get shot than to go to the gas chambers. Glazar said survival was the "faith of life, never giving up." Meed said that the belief in unity gave the youth strength to lead, plan, and organize revolts.

01:36:25 Leon Wells, Sonderkommando 1005. Described job of digging up graves, burning bodies, grinding bones, removing gold. Avoided death by an SS mistake, he thought he was dead. Year later had to dig up grave he was meant to be in as the Sonderkommando had to look for the missing body. Dug up graves of Polish leadership . Explains how after the uprising he survived because a Polish family hid him. (p. 168 "Liberation of Camps")

01:44:52 Alexander Donat, in Warsaw Ghetto, hid in bunker. Explains about Jewish fighting organization. Describes history of bunker and passages between attics and cellars. Describes uprising and setting fire to the Ghetto. Cuts out in the middle of a sentence. (p. 169 "Liberation of Camps")

Event:  October 1981
Production:  1981
Washington, DC, United States
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:45:51
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