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Jabotinsky's ChildrenPolish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism$
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Daniel Kupfert Heller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174754

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174754.001.0001

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(p.237) Epilogue
Jabotinsky's Children

Daniel Kupfert Heller

Princeton University Press

This epilogue focuses on the Betar youth movement during the Holocaust. The flight of Betar's leaders from Warsaw was far from exceptional. With rumors circulating that German troops were executing prominent Polish and Jewish political activists, many leaders of Jewish youth movements were on the run. Some Betar leaders who arrived in Mandate Palestine as wartime refugees continued to invoke legends of Polish national liberation to inspire their followers. As they had done in the past, they claimed that Polish and Jewish nationalists shared parallel fates: just as Catholic Poles struggled to overthrow the foreign rule of Nazis in Poland, so too were Zionists in Palestine fighting to cast off the yoke of the British Empire. Meanwhile, many Betar members made good on their movement's pledges to defend the Polish state. Those who survived the Holocaust sought to ensure that their resistance activity against Nazi rule was on public record.

Keywords:   Betar youth movement, Holocaust, Warsaw, Polish national liberation, Jewish nationalists, Nazis, Zionists, Nazi rule, Polish nationalists, Poland

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