Resistance: They Fought Back


Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2024
Run Time:97 minutes
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Paula Apsell
Kirk Wolfinger


We’ve all heard of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, but most people have no idea how widespread and prevalent Jewish resistance to Nazi barbarism was. Instead, it’s widely believed “Jews went to their deaths like sheep to the slaughter.”

Filmed in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Israel, and the U.S., “Resistance: They Fought Back” provides a much-needed corrective to this myth of Jewish passivity.

There were uprisings in ghettos large and small, rebellions in death camps, and thousands of Jews fought Nazis in the forests. Everywhere in Eastern Europe, Jews waged campaigns of non-violent resistance against the Nazis.

Told by survivors, their children, and expert witnesses from the U.S. Israel, and Europe, “Resistance: They Fought Back” is a revelation based on extensive research of how the Jews of Europe fought back.

Today, almost eighty years after the Holocaust, this story remains largely unknown to the general public. Without it, our understanding of this genocide, which wiped out two-thirds of European Jews, remains incomplete, giving rise to renewed antisemitism, hatred, and denial of the Holocaust itself.