Yiddish Short Essay

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Yiddish Short Essay

When watching the film, The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin, one word came into mind immediately, resistance. Resistance is defined as the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument. In this film along with the book Dignity and Despair and the movie The Pianist, there was a large portrayal of resistance especially in the ghettos. Each text depicted a different challenge of resistance they performed against the Nazi party.

First and foremost, The Great Dictator, showed resistance through active and front line fighting. Although the barber had a memory loss from the end of World War I to the beginning of the Nazi party take-over, he resisted by fighting back against the soldiers that attempted to wipe him out. He cleaned off the paint on his windows that wrote “Jew” and he would battle from the arms soldiers who were after him. He along with his friend, Hannah, who commonly used a pan to beat the guards, resisted the takeover of the Adenoid Hynkel (Adolf Hitler). These two main characters also used the resistance of hiding when they hid the commander in their house. When the Nazi party came to look for him, Chaplin (the barber) attempted to escape along with him. This is an accurate depiction of daily life of the Jews and can also been seen in the movie The Pianist.

Szpilman, the main character of the movie, used the resistance tactic of hiding. This was the most common form of resistance that the Jews were able to attempt to carry out. The most important part of Szpilman’s hiding beyond the help of a gentile was the help of a gentile from the Nazi Party. He found Szpilman hiding in the attic in the abandoned Warsaw Ghetto. Although commonly, if this were to happen he would have either been shot or sent straight to the concentration camp, instead the soldier helped him stay there until he was liberated. This form of resistance was common amongst survivors; however, each survivor...
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