Blessed is the Match, by Marie Syrkin
Marie Syrkin has given us the first over-all picture of Jewish resistance in World War II, though we have had many reports and several books on various phases of the struggle before. For this reason, her book is important.
All of the major movements in the resistance are put into relationship with each other. We are told of the slow-born struggles in the isolated ghettos, and Miss Syrkin explains why so many millions went automatically to the slaughter-houses before there was a resort to open, if hopeless, battle. The superbly brave efforts of the militants to make contact with each other, from Vilna to Bialystok, from Bialystok to Warsaw, to warn each other of the Nazi tactics of deception, separation, and piecemeal destruction, are shown in their relationship to the actual ghetto battles. And, at the same time, Miss Syrkin shows how efforts were being made from Palestine, through Turkey, through Hungary and Slovakia, to contact the lost Jews of Poland. And she interrelates this with the efforts from America to bring about a transaction for saving the Jews en masse. She tells of the horrible acts of international balance that resulted in the rejection of an opportunity to save two million Jews for two million dollars, to save a million Jews for ten thousand trucks.
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