As you move through the year, you can refer to this Resistance Calendar and feature one of the stories in the book that takes place during that month. You will notice that certain dates are exact; others list only the month, because historians have been unable so far to pinpoint their exact dates. We will be adding to this calendar during the year.

  • January 30, 1943: Ernst Fontheim goes underground in Berlin.
  • January 1944: Sarika Yehoshua organizes her all-girl partisan unit.
  • February 11, 1941: Jewish youths in Amsterdam attack  pro-Nazi sympathizers.
  • March 17, 1944: One hundred Jews escape from the Koldichevo labor camp.
  • April 19, 1943: Three resisters stop the 20th transport from Brussels to Auschwitz.
  • April 19, 1943: Warsaw’s Jews begin their twenty-seven-day  uprising.
  • May 18, 1942: Resisters attack the Soviet Paradise exhibit.
  • May 20, 1943: Jewish partisans rescue fifteen girls from the Convent of the Nursing Sisters of the Blessed Sacred Heart in Brussels.
  • June 1944: Marianne Cohn writes her poem of defiance, “I Will Betray Tomorrow, Not Today.”
  • July 1942: The CDJ (Jewish Defense Committee) is organized. It begins activities in September 1942.
  • July 1943: Vitka Kempner and two compatriots blow up a German troop train
  • August 1943: Seven hundred members of the Bielski encampment evade German forces.
  • September 26, 1943: Two hundred fifty Jews escape from the Novogrudok labor camp.
  • October 14, 1943: More than three hundred sixty-five Jews rose up and attempted escape from the Sobibor death camp.
  • October 7, 1944: Sonderkommandos blow up Crematorium 4 in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
  • November 10, 1938: David Zwingermann and Horst LÖwenstein rescue twelve undamaged Torah scrolls.
  • December 18, 1942: The boys in Theresienstadt’s Home One inaugurate their secret magazine, Vedem.
  • December 1944: Israel Cohen observes Hanukkah in Kaufering IV labor camp.


Resistance Calendar within the Beyond Courage Candlewick Study Guide


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