Nederlands Exposition in Auschwitz Resistance

Active resistance

Active resistance against the Germans developed slowly and laboriously, in principle along the same segmented networks as before the war. People in these networks knew each other and they also knew who to trust and who not to trust. In the non-religious resistance movements there were a considerable number of Jews. According to estimates, up until the summer of 1942 there were no more than a few hundred active resistance fighters. By September 1944, the number increased to 25,000 people who participated in various activities of resistance. The most important were: helping people in hiding, forging personal identification cards and documents, and putting together and distributing illegal newspapers. Thousands of resistance fighters paid for their work with their life.

Various forms of resistance

Afbeelding 1
A call for resistance on a wall of an air-raid shelter, Amsterdam, Winter 1944-1945
Photo by Cas Oorthuys, NFM collection, Rotterdam
jew in the netherlands
german invasion
going into hiding
sinti and roma
dutch people in auschwitz
guest book
active resistance
illegal press
religious resistance