Four Nazi Resisters This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Resistance is often viewed as simply physical, but that’s not always the case. These are the stories of four women involved in the Holocaust who resisted the Nazis without using force.

In Germany during WWII, the role of women was to care for the children and maintain the home. Women were seen as less capable than men. Some women used these misconceptions to their advantage. Lucie Aubrac ini­tially supported her husband, who was deeply involved in the resistance movement. She helped him by taking their child for a walk in the park to draw attention away from her husband during his secret meetings.

Unfortunately, her husband was eventually arrested, so Aubrac took a front seat in the resistance. She disguised herself as an unwed pregnant woman and went to the jail, pleading with the Gestapo to let her see the man who was really her husband, claiming she needed him to marry her since she was pregnant with his child. The Gestapo did not believe that a woman was capable of creating such a scheme, and so she was ­allowed to help her ­husband.

Aubrac did not use force or violence to resist the Nazis. Instead she used her wits and common misconceptions about women to outsmart them.

Another woman involved in the ­resistance was Diet Eman. She also used stereotypes about women to save lives, and she too started resisting with her husband. Her job was to deliver falsified identification documents. Eman hid Jews and other ­victims of the Holocaust. She acted dumb and said she did not know how she could have fake documents in her possession, which enabled her to ­escape arrest. She resisted by taking ­advantage of men who believed she was incapable.

Emilie Schindler, wife of Oskar Schindler (of “Schindler’s List” fame), was active in the Holocaust resistance. Although her husband was given much of the credit, Emilie was just as involved. She grew up with a Jewish friend and never believed in prejudice against Jews. Even when Emilie was told to drop her Jewish friend, their bond remained strong until her friend was murdered.

Together, Oskar and Emilie saved the lives of 1,300 Jews. They made sure that the Jews who worked for Oskar were fed and given a safe haven. Emilie and Oskar risked their lives to help these people.

Lastly, Maria Von Maltzan grew up wealthy and joined resistance groups early in the Nazi regime. She opened her home to more than 60 Jews during the Holocaust and helped them escape by making false identification documents. She even drove them out of Berlin in her truck.

All of these women resisted the Nazis without using force. They did everything they could to help those in need, knowing that if they were caught, they would be killed. Yet these women had the courage and the strength to do what they knew was right. They had the courage to stand up to the government and the army. They had the courage to resist.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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abbyb13 said...
Jan. 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm
I really enjoyed reading this article. Those women were so brave and determined- an incredible thing to see during such a rough time.
sunshinesally said...
Oct. 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm
I think it is pretty cool she saved 1300 jews
nasiBABy said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm
It was alright buht it barely helped me fer my research porject lol
TheCreativeMiller replied...
Jul. 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Well did this article come up on your search engine? And if you need some more facts about WWII and the Nazi movement, you can message me. I will be glad to help you with my knowledge of Adolf Hitler's influence on Germany. I also speak German, so if you want, I can help you put a few sentences of German in your project, perhaps acting on part of what one of the Nazi's may have said, or even civilians. 
BunkerZ said...
Oct. 23, 2008 at 2:05 pm
What those women did was brave. They helped people they didn’t even know and they welcome them into their home with no hesitation. Even though the Nazi could have killed them on the spot they still hide the Jewish people in their homes. One of them even made up identities and drove them out of Berlin. Oskar and Emilie saved 1,000 Jews and they risked their lives. All the people that helped them standed up to the army and the government.
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