Von R. AVIGDOR MILLER zt"l
"The Jews didn't have any tanks, they didn't have any
soldiers; what do you expect of them? What could they do? If the Jews
would have fought back not one would have remained. Who remained of the
Warsaw ghetto? Nobody! Who said it was such a smart thing? It's only
foolish people, sensationalists, who talk about the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto. It's as silly as could be. If they hadn't made the uprising a lot of Jews would have remained.
remained all over the world. Wherever Hitler went, Jews remained. Of
course not enough. But the fact that they fought back meant it was a
death sentence. The Chachmei haTorah didn't say fight back. Because
after all, the Germans were not that thorough, a lot of Jews escaped.
But when they started fighting back then the Germans brought all their
tanks and all their flame throwers and they wiped out all the Jews. So
going like sheep is not a foolish tactic. When you have no alternative
the best thing is not to fight. It's a silly thing that's used by
American people. Now I don't wish it on American Jews, but if they were
in the same situation they wouldn't have been a bit better.
Our forefathers understood this; they didn't fight against the nations.
They sought to placate the nations. And by the way, it was one of the
biggest mistakes, before World War Two when they made a boycott against
Germany and they enraged the Germans. Had they followed the Council of
our Sages at that time, they would have bribed Hitler’s lieutenant. You
know, Hitler’s lieutenants were mercenary people, you could buy them.
You could send things to them - secretly. They would have pocketed a lot
of money, but they would let a lot of Jews out. The story would have
And so, this bravado, this false heroism of fighting back and being
killed like a hero, is not the way chosen by Jews. We believe it's
better to live not like a hero, than to die like a hero."