A persistent but false contention about the Holocaust is that the Jews did not resist; rather, they relented like sheep to the slaughter. History records that the Jews fought in partisan bands, ghetto uprisings, and death camp revolts, all of which disprove the argument that the Jews were passive regarding genocide. This faulty reasoning intimates that the Jews were unable to organize a resistance to the Nazis and generally submitted while hoping they would be delivered from evil rather than actively resisting themselves.
Louisiana College is pleased to sponsor “A Time to Fight: Jewish Resistance in the Holocaust.,” featuring keynoter and local attorney Mr. Steven Oxenhandler. Set for April 9 at 7 p.m. in Martin Performing Arts Center, the event is free and open to the public.
“We are elated for Mr. Oxenhandler, who is an Israeli Jew, to share the historical record of the plight and the fight of the Jews,” said Dr. Rick Brewer, president.
“As an academic institution built upon a biblical worldview, Louisiana College wants to emphasize an accurate and appropriate history of the Jewish people. To do otherwise is an affront to the academy and the Jewish nation,” Brewer added. “We are indeed privileged to bring focus to the historical record through the perspective of Mr. Oxenhandler.”
Dr. Christine Reese — Chair, Division of History and Political Science — said she is “pleased to partner with Mr. Oxenhandler to highlight the courage of men and women who resisted Nazi oppression and genocide. We believe it is very important to share their stories to inspire the current generation to resist acts of hatred and violence in today’s society.”