The extraordinarily harsh conditions, existing in
the Nazi camps made the possibility of forming any kind of organized resistance
far more difficult than in the ghettos. The vast majority of Jews who reached the extermination camps were sent
almost immediately to their death. The rapidity with which this process took
place did not allow them time to grasp the course of events and form any
some instances Jews tried to confront the Nazis spontaneously upon arrival at
the killing centers, organized resistance was only possible for the small
percentage of Jews who were selected by the Nazis to help run the camps. These
Jews did such jobs as sorting the murdered people's property, camouflaging the
acts of murder, and even incinerating the bodies and cleaning the gas chambers.
They were well aware of the extermination process and knew that a similar fate
awaited them. Therefore, despite the indescribable difficulties, on several
occasions they secretly tried to organize resistance and escape attempts.
Success of revolts in Nazi camps should
not necessarily measured by the number of Jewish escapees, nor by the number of
Nazis killed. More important is the fact that these attempts were made to bear testimony to the World of the
Nazi atrocities. Furthermore, they were an expression of the human dignity of
the victims. The best-known uprisings took place in three extermination camps -
Treblinka, Sobibor and Auschwitz II (Birkenau).
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