WWII resistance

The left wing opposition in Italy during the period of the Resistance - Arturo Peregalli

An account of the groups to the left of the PCI, during WW2 by Arturo Peregalli. First published in 'Revolutionary History, Vol.5, No.4' ( Translated by Barbara Rossi and Doris Bornstein. It is based upon Peregalli’s 'Il Partito Comunista Internazionalista', and 'L’altra Resistenza: Il PCI e le opposizioni di sinistra in Italia, 1943–45', which first appeared as a series of fascicles in the 'Studi e Ricerche' series of the Centro Pietro Tresso (nos. 2, 4, 5, 8, 16, 17 and 21) and later as a full length book published by Graphos (Genoa 1991).

A Worker’s Message From Poland And The Ghetto: “Socialism Lives and Will Dominate the World”

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The second private letter from a German worker and soldier active in the underground socialist movement in Germany, sent to a friend in the United States and published in The Militant in 1942. This one recounts the three weeks that the author spent in Warsaw at the end of 1941, explaining the situation in occupied Poland and the socialist movement there.

Letter From A Worker In The German Underground

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The first private letter from a German worker and soldier active in the underground socialist movement in Germany, sent to a friend in the United States and published in The Militant in 1942. It describes the political situation in Nazi Germany at the time, and how the socialists tried to counter Nazi propaganda and make links with socialists of other nationalities.

Defence of the Polish post office in Danzig

Memorial to the workers outside the post office

A short account of the employees of the Danzig post office who fought the Nazis for 15 hours during the invasion of Poland before they were captured, written by Nikola Budanovic. This article was first published on warhistoryonline.com.

Review: Soldiers of the night: the story of the French resistance by David Schoenbrun

Simone Seguin, French resistance fighter, Paris

Stuart Christie's review of David Schoenbrun's book on the French resistance during World War II.

The Herbert Baum group blog

Marianne Prager-Joachim

A collection of writings by Eric Brothers on the Baum group of German Jews who fought against the Nazi regime.

The Bielski Brothers Jewish Resistance and the "Otriad" - Carmelo Lisciotto

An account of the resistance organisation led by the Bielski brothers, whose actions were the inspiration for the film 'Defiance' (2008).

Extracts from the Tragedy of a Jewish Teenager - Stanislaw Smajzner

Stanislaw Smajzner After His Escape From Sobibor

The personal account of Stanislaw Smajzner of his time spent in the Extermination camp at Sobibor. From the start of his journey to Sobibor, through to his participationin the mass escape.

Rudolph Vrba - Escapee from Auschwitz by Anthony Skelton and Carmelo Lisciotto

The story of Rudolph Vrba, an escapee from Auschwitz who co-authored the Vrba-Wetzler report, AKA The Auschwitz Protocol. Reproduced from HolocaustResearchProject.org.

Life in the century's midnight

Photo of bodies being burned at Auschwitz taken by resistance member

A history of the left wing and Jewish resistance movement in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the holocaust, by Marcus Barnett.