Life Underground

Marion A. Kaplan

in Between Dignity and Despair

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780195130928
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854486 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Jewish History

Life Underground

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The chapter describes the life that awaited Jews who opted to defy the laws and go into hiding. Based on limited correspondences and survivor accounts, a picture is painted of the unforgiving conditions that the Jews living in hiding had to face in order to survive. Aside from the ever-present threat of discovery by the Gestapo and the antisemitic Germans, they also had to contend with traitors from within their own ranks — the so-called Jewish “catchers”. Sustenance and other basic necessities were also difficult to procure with the constant threat of bombings and discovery that constituted life underground. Against all odds, pockets of Jewish resistance like the Chug Chaluzi were created to provide mutual support and even save lives. The final section of the chapter relates the experiences of three Jewish women who had gone into hiding and survived.

Keywords: Jews; Gestapo; traitors; hiding; underground; Jewish resistance; Chug Chaluzi; catchers

Chapter.  12561 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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