Important Role of former Nazis in Eastern Germany." 

November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

Jewish Underground Resistance: The David Diamant Collection, 1939-1945

Summary

David Diamant is the pseudonym of David Erlich, a Jewish communist and committed member of the underground resistance during World War II. This collection consists of original documents collected by Diamant over a period of approximately 30 years dealing primarily with the Jewish segment of the French underground resistance; many of the documents originate with communist groups, and some deal with Polish groups. Most of the documents are in French, while some are in Yiddish.

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Date Range: 1939-1944    
Content: 1,235 pages
Source Library: McMaster University

Description

 A Jewish communist, Diamant was a committed member of the underground resistance during World War II.  On more than one occasion he was offered safe passage to England but chose instead to remain in France.  After the war he worked initially with the UJRE (l'Union des Juifs pour la Résistance et l'Entraide) and devoted himself to documenting the Jewish resistance by collecting original documents and writing and publishing extensively on the subject. 

Jewish Underground Resistance includes a wide range of materials:

  • Documents in Yiddish: Leaflets and Internal Documents
  • Documents of Jewish Resistance Groups and other Groups
  • Miscellaneous or Unidentified Groups during the Occupation
  • Miscelleaneous or Unidentified Groups after the Occupation
  • Documents Relating to Collaboration
  • Documents on Prisons, Prisoners and Deportées
  • French Leaflefts: Jews and Jewish Undergound Groups
  • Incomplete and Unidentified Documents

Comprised of leaflets and handbills, printed proclamations and resolutions, circular letters and more, Jewish Undergound Resistance supports research and course work in Holocaust studies, French and German history, World War II studies, military history, and conflict studies.

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