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Story of an Underground

The Resistance of the Jews of Kovno in the Second World War

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This is the story of the fighting underground of the Jews of Kovno, Lithuania, in World War II. The authors, historians Zvie A Brown and Dov Levin, were themselves members of the Kovno underground, and this well-researched book based on documentary material, verbal testimonies, and written memoirs of witnesses, among other sources is supplemented by the authors own personal accounts. The authors here describe the first steps of the organised Jewish underground in the Kovno Ghetto, its desperate search for allies outside the ghetto, and its first bloodstained attempts to break through the ring of isolation and establish a base of support for partisan battle. They relate the insurgence at its height: contacts with partisans in the forest, acquisition of weapons and equipment, and training of fighters for partisan warfare. They also analyse the complex relationship between the Jewish fighting organisation on the one hand, and the Council of Elders and the Jewish police on the other, as well as the active assistance these official organisations gave to the underground. The text goes on to describe the operations of the partisans, many of whom were fighters from the Kovno Ghetto, and the process by which the fighters were accepted into Soviet partisan units. The authors paint a picture of daily life in the partisan brigades, including the tense relationship between the Jewish and non-Jewish fighters. They relate the final days of the underground as the ghetto was being destroyed, and then the last journey of the Kovno brigades from the forest bases back to liberated Kovno.
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" the more he became involved with it, the more he realized its significance and what an important learning tool it could be for countless people with gaps in their knowledge of the Holocaust years." "What is particularly crucial about this book is that Levin interviewed the partisans more than half a century ago, and was thus able to get firsthand stories of many [who have since died.]"--Greer Fay Cashman"Jerusalem Post" (08/19/2014)"

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Professor Dov Levin was born in Kovno, Lithuania, in 1925. He was in the Kovno Ghetto during the Nazi occupation, along with his father, mother, and twin sister, none of whom survived. After fighting as a partisan against the Nazis, he arrived in Palestine in 1945, participating in the War of Independence. He received his PhD in history from Hebrew University, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Chicago and director of the Oral History Division of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University. Among Prof. Levins many published books and articles is Fighting Back: Lithuanian Jewrys Armed Resistance to the Nazis 1941-1945 (1985), for which he was awarded the Yitzhak Sadeh Prize in Military History. He is married to Bilha nee Deutsch and is the father of Nitzana Borosh, Bosmat Levin, and Tzvi Levin. Professor Zvie A. Brown was born in Warsaw, Poland, arrived in Kovno during the Nazi conquest of Eastern Europe where he joined the underground and then fought as a partisan against the Nazis. He subsequently studied at Hebrew University, receiving his BA (1952), MA (1957), and PhD (1964). In addition to serving as senior lecturer, he was a research fellow at Yale University(19651966) and guest lecturer at the University of St Andrews in Scotland (19701971). He went on to teach philosophy at Hebrew University and from 19771980 served as chair of the philosophy department. .