Blog 2: World War II Resistance: The Partisans and Civilian Spies Behind Enemy Lines.

As the summer has continued, Professor Hearst and I have made tremendous progress including identifying twenty-four sources we will be using to aid us in our research, we have gotten into contact with the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation to request assistance in contacting family members of Partisans and Partisans who are still alive today that may be willing to help us with our research, ordered two books: a memoir by a female partisan named Faye Schulman who photographed much of her experience during the resistance and the diary of Hannah Senesh, another female partisan who journaled her life before and during the resistance as well as her included poems and plays.

We have begun drafting the individual partisans we will be including in our project using the sources we have discovered and have faced difficulties in trying to contact family members of partisans; emails have bounced or gone unanswered.

Although we have faced challenges, we have also experienced success in communicating with the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation in regard to receiving assistance from them to contact partisan family members and partisans who are still alive today. This would be a great opportunity to receive new information to include into our project that has not been used before.

To this point, I have learned how courageous all of the resistance fighters were and that many Jews and non-Jews alike did fight against the Nazi regime, they did not sit around and wait to be arrested like many people today believe.

This project has impacted me enormously in the sense that I have learned so much more about World War II than I have ever thought I would and I have been able to read and watch firsthand accounts of the experiences of those who were apart of the resistance from different areas in Europe.

Blog 1: World War II Resistance: The Partisans and Civilian Spies Behind Enemy Lines.

The working title for my research project with Professor Hearst is: “World War II Resistance: The Partisans and Civilian Spies Behind Enemy Lines.”

Professor Hearst and I have been conducting research on several resistance groups that existed during World War II known as the Jewish Partisans, that were primarily made up of male and female young who formed or joined the resistance groups. In addition, a number of Jewish and non-Jewish individuals were able to return to their homelands and spy on the Nazis, infiltrating them and bringing back information in order to save others in occupied areas of Europe. The partisan groups consisted of incredibly brave individuals who risked their lives to fight against the Nazi regime and were stationed in different parts of Europe occupied by Nazi Germany, often engaging in combat while hiding out by living in the forests.

The purpose of our research project is to gain a better understanding of the Jewish Partisans and other civilians who were engaged in these efforts, and the struggles they endured during their resistance, as well as educate people about their fight for freedom. Before commencing this project, I had never received any information about the Jewish Partisans and was never taught about them in school. I expect to gain knowledge and a better understanding of who the partisans were, and how they continued to survive in the dangerous and difficult conditions they faced.

To answer these questions, I will be focusing on organizational sites and scholarly articles along with firsthand accounts from some of the partisans themselves. I hope to highlight the importance of these resistance groups during World War II and the bravery the men and women exhibited during thisdark period of history.