Mordechai Anielewicz

Charting the Waters of Identity     Tucker Rhodes
Word Count: 513 Words               02/26/10
Mordechai Anielewicz


Mordechai Anielewicz was Jewish resister, well known for his in the initiation of the largest armed Jewish attack resistance against the Nazi’s during the Holocaust, The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Anielewicz was born in 1919 to a poor family living in the town of Wyszkòw, near Warsaw Poland. Soon after completing his High School studies, Anielewicz joined the Zionist movement Hashomer Hatzair. Here he distinguished himself as a good organizer, and strong leader. But when war broke out in 1939, Anielewicz fled Warsaw to the east.
After being captured and released by a soviet jail, he returned and became a full-time underground activist and by 1941, was even transforming various underground youth groups in the Warsaw Ghetto’s into armed resistance movements. In the summer of 1942, Anielewicz visited areas of southern Poland in an attempt to organize more armed resistance and upon returning to Warsaw, found that 290,00 of the Warsaw Ghettos 350,00 Jews had been deported.
Soon after his return, Anielewicz joined the ZOB, a Jewish fighting organization, and in November of the same year, was elected a chief commander. During the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of January 1943, Anielewicz was in charge or the street fighting and after four days freed many Jews and successfully suspended the mass deportation. However, on April 19th, the Nazi’s launched a final mass deportation; hitting back with   a much harder force that eventually overcame the Resistance Group. They burnt down the ghetto building by building. During this time, Mordechai Anielewicz was killed in a bunker along with some of his comrades. The date was May 8th, 1943.

Mordechai Anielewicz’s acts of resistance were very much consistent with his identity profile. Not much is known of Anielewicz early history, but based on three main factors; much can be...