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We Fought Back Teen Resisters of the Holocaust

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This book features the incredible true stories of teenage Jews who fought back against the Nazis during the Holocaust. There is a mistaken impression among many people that the six million Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis were led to their deaths like sheep to slaughter without resisting. Although there was relatively little armed rebellion among the victims, it was ...more
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Karessa A.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book!! I don't like nonfiction but this really kept me interested. All of the stories are very eventful and really open your eyes to what the Holocaust was like for those that really had to be at the heart of it. There was so much emotion put into this book that you really felt like I really knew these people. Sometimes I actually forgot that they were real because they seemed too crazy to be real. They were just completely unbelievable stories that will pull at your heart. I recomm ...more
Dakota Lenz
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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In this book I learned how rough the Holocaust actually was for the Jewish people. I felt that the book was very informational and made me feel that I was actually there. I could visualize what was going on. I really enjoyed the book, because it explained the scenes out very well and the book was not confusing at all. I also liked the book because it was not just based on one person. It was about six characters who had the same type of experience in different places.

Plot: In t
Bryce Bastar
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it

Personal Response: The book, We Fought Back, by Allan Zullo was a very interesting book. The book was a non-fiction and different stories from different teenagers in every chapter. They explained what their experiences were during World War II. I enjoyed reading this book, and I hope to find a second book similar to this one.

Plot: The book had many plots because every chapter was the story of a different person's resistance to the Nazi's. Paul Stassman was a 15 year old merchant who was shipped
Ginny Kaczmarek
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This collection of seven individual stories, based on author Allan Zullo's interviews with each participant, highlights eastern European partisans who "wreaked havoc on the Nazis through guerrilla warfare and sabotage." Simultaneously thrilling and harrowing, these tales honor real-life heroism while remaining truthful about the costs of war.

Surviving subzero winters in swamps and forests, Jewish partisans had to evade violent anti-Semitism even from their comrades. At 15, Paul Strassman blew up
Justin Totimeh
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
(SPOILER WARNING)Paul Strassman grew up with his sister, Ella. His father, Adolf, was a former army officer, and his mother was a shop owner. During the time that he was free from the Nazis he was always pulling pranks. His mother nicknamed him Spacek. Paul's parents were worried about Adolf Hitler so they saved alot of money, so they can leave when he comes. They hid the box behind a radiator. Unfortunately when Hitler came they grabbed the box for the money and all of it was charred and crumb ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I started reading this book about teenagers fighting against the Nazis because my 8-year-old was telling me about it and I worried it was too mature for a child his age. I don't mean he shouldn't learn about awful things in history - I just wondered about the presentation of the content. To me, it seemed more like a 5th-grader's book. Scholastic says it's an appropriate reading level, and I would agree with that about the words, sentence structure, etc. Still not sure if I'm thrilled about him r ...more
Blake Casner
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We Fought Back: Teen resisters of the Holocaust is a non-fiction, Holocaust book. This book is not just one story. It is a combination of stories from Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. The similarity about each story is that it is about Jews who at the time were only teenagers and fought against the Nazis. Each story actually happened because it was told from an actual living survivor. One of the stories is about a girl who joins the partisans as a field medic. After each story, it tells about ...more
Sam Dye
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very important view into teenage resistance to Nazi persecution of the Jews. Seven individuals and seven stories largely from Czechoslovakia, Poland and Belorussia recount details of survival and becoming participants in partisan units. The question of why didn't all jews follow this activist resistance is well answered. The last story of Chonon Bedzowski recounts his participation in the Bielski Brigade the largest (1230 members when dismissed) partisan unit. After the harrowing experiences i ...more
Bo Witkowski
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: I personally enjoyed We Fought Back for its unique way of explaining the stories. The author does a great job of giving you enough information so you understand the stories, but not too much where it is repetitive. I also enjoyed this book for its interesting stories that I was not familiar with until now. Another reason why I enjoyed this book is that it contains multiple stories about the same subject.

Plot Summary: We Fought Back is about Jewish refugees during World War Tw
Landon Buchholtz
Personal Response: I really liked the book, We Fought Back. It made me realize how hard it must have been in the Holocaust. I could imagine it in my head. I really liked the book, because it described the scenes well. It was like a movie in my head. I also liked the book because it was not based on one person. It was about six characters who had the same type of experience in different places.

Plot: In the book, We Fought Back, all of the characters homes were taken away. The Nazis forced them to
Tristen Wieters
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Personal Response: I like this book because it talks about different Jewish families and teens who fought back against the horrors of the Holocaust. Some were together and others were broken up thanks to the Nazis. Sadly some of the families were killed or sent to concentration camps after their kids left.

Plot Summary: This book is about some of the teen partisans who, as the title implies, fought back against the Nazis. They snuck out of ghettos, camps, and homes to link up with partisan groups
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Wow, I learned so much about all the regular people who fought back against the Nazis! I am amazed at how brave these real people were and what awful experiences they survived! However, I thought this book sometimes had some kind-of-boring descriptions that interrupted the exciting stories and made me feel distracted at times.
Cody Kutz
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is about how some Jews are trying to run away from the Nazis and how they fight back. The 3 main characters one is Paul who is fifteen years old, and Sarah is Fifteen to, and the final main character who is Frank who is at seventeen years of age, and they all have the same goal to kill all the Nazis because of how they treated and killed their families. One of the ways they got back at them was when they blew up one of the trains that nazis. The theme was that they were trying to plan a sneak ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many commentators have noted that had the approximately six million Jews killed by the Nazis managed to kill the Germans and their allies in the Holocaust at the ratio of one for every hundred Jews killed, the Germans would have had to stop or dramatically reduce the killing. The approximately 60,000 additional deaths in the Wehrmacht would have significantly reduced their fighting ability and shortened the war.
Far less reported in the history books is that there were partisan groups with Jew
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Andrea Poole-Presslor
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is nicely written and great for young adults. Explanations of the German groups (Wehrmacht, SS, etc...) is very beneficial for younger readers.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has fascinating information about teens who risked their lives.
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book: We Fought Back
Author: Allan Zullo
Genre: Biographies
Length: 176 pages
Date Finished: 5/7/13

We Fought Back tells the stories of seven different teens who lived during the Holocaust and became partisans to fight back against Hitler. The first story is about Paul Strassman. His family had been planning to leave Czechoslovakia, but their plan was ruined when the money they had been saving up got destroyed. When Hitler took over Czechoslovakia, the Jews were deprived of many of their rights. Pau
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
It's a really good book, I recommend reading it if you want to learn more about history
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it

Exposition: Paul has been hiding in different homes sine the war started, but now he can't so he joins a partisan group to fight.
Rising Action: Paul and his partisan group was going to derail a German train with small bombs. After they had it all set up the train was about a minute away then Paul dropped all the blasting caps, which were hard to get so he frantically pick them up the the train was just behind the bend so he ran. When he got back Batko the leader pulled a gun on him and said, let
Adam Gates
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
A novel with some page turning moments, but not the greatest read. In We Fought Back: Teen Resisters of the Holocaust, by Allan Zullo, it gives the perspective of the lives of different teenager Jews, and how they fought against the Germans, and for their lives. The parts that I liked, is that it is a book about survivors in the Holocaust. However, the journeys are not told from their point of view, and it does not have the same effect for me. Whenever I get the chance, I enjoy seeing Holocaust ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
We Fought Back by Allan Zullo has some of the most intense historical stories I have ever read. What makes this book even amazing is that all of these stories are true. This book takes place during World War Two. There isn't a specific place it focuses on because it focuses on seven teenagers that live in different places around Europe. What makes it even unique is that they all live in different places in Europe while Nazis are trying to take over. However, there is one story that really had me ...more
Lea Ann
Allan Zullo has compiled a collection of stories from people involved in the Partisan resistance groups who fought against the Nazi troops in WWII. The short biographies each center on a person who, at the time, was in their teens while engaging in guerrilla warfare against one of the most frightening armies in history. Each story is dramatic and fascinating to read.

I used this book as a nonfiction companion read for a Holocaust novel in my sixth-grade reading class. I had to keep reminding my
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

We fought back is a book about the real life in the war witch connect to the actual discrimination of the concentration camps with the Jews not only is it about a time period of change between an entire world not knowing what is going on in reality. Between the soldiers in the book ,shows lots of fear when going into war. Between the true stories of teenage Jews who fought back against the Nazis during the Holocaust although there was little armed rebellion among the victims, it was mostly becau
May 11, 2013 added it
I've been reading this book for a while, and actually got around to finishing it.

It wasn't what I was expecting, but that might be because I didn't read the title correctly. The Holocaust is specifically the genocide of Jews, and I know that. However I just thought it was teen resisters of World War Two, and then was a little surprised when all the stories had a Jewish focus. I actually read the title this time, and quickly understood why.

They stories had just as much merit as any other resist
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book i have chosen to review is "We Fought Back." This book was about jewish resisters during World War Two. This book has many stories from real jews like Paul Strassmann, Selim Sznyer, Romi Cohn and much more. Most jews had to join partisan groups if they wanted to fight. They didn't fight on the front lines but they had a strong part in defeating the Nazis. The partisans were behind the scenes they derailed trains,destroyed bridges and cut down power lines. One more thing these Teen resis ...more
Edward Ryan
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a non-fiction collection of seven stories told by Jewish teens who resisted Nazi aggression in WW2. There are instances of fictionalized dialogue, but the stories themselves are all true.

I read the book because my son was require to for school and I wanted to be able to discuss it with him. Despite being aimed at a younger audience, the book pulls no punches, detailing the brutality of the Holocaust and the horrendous conditions these people lived through. There is very little to 'l
Colin Fangman
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is most definitely an action/thriller. It had different story's through out the whole novel about teens fighting in partisan groups against the Nazis. The things that they had to go through in the wilderness were shocking. With little to no supplies they had to live out in the woods during the bitterly cold winter. On top of trying to stay alive they had to fight against the barbaric Nazis. Through out the whole ordeal the tens had to have been mentally hurt as well. Most of the teens ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
We Fought Back: Teen Resisters of the Holocaust by Allan Zullo is a very good book that has to do with Holocaust survivors and resistance fighters that fought and ran from the germans led by Adolf Hitler just because of their belief in Jesus Christ. I, being a christian boy am amazed by how much Hitler hated people who loved God. I would do the same thing as those kids did to fight for my faith in Christ. I recommend this book to kids who like to read about history and are willing to hear sad th ...more
Shannon Clark
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-reviewed-yet
A collection of stories by teen resisters of the Nazis. They were called partisans and they rose up against the Nazi movement which was VERY brave! They carried out ambushes against the Germans and chopped down telephone/telegraph poles.

One thing that I found that was disturbing that lots of partisans (that were Russians) also hated Jews, so if a Jew wanted to be a partisan they had to hide their identity from the group. I sort of couldn't grasp this concept because I thought that all partisans
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Allan Zullo is an American non-fiction writer. He is the author or co-author of more than eighty paperbacks for adults and children.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Zullo graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1969 with a degree in journalism. His books include The Baseball Hall of Shame and Baseball Confidential (both co-written with Bruce Nash), A Boomer's Guide to Grandparenting (co-writ