Our comrades in the London Socialist Historians Group have a meeting on Monday 25 January 2021, 5:30PM – 7:00PM
It is free to attend, but you will have to register in advance ->
The resistance to the Nazi regime from within the German working class has been largely ignored or forgotten. Indeed, an argument has resurfaced that the nationalist nature of German history meant resistance was very unlikely. The recent book by Merilyn Moos and Steve Cushion disproves this.
Merilyn Moos will explore the history of working class resistance inside Germany, concentrating on efforts by left-wing activists to organise forced labourers in the factories and concentration camps.
Steve Cushion will compare the involvement of German anti-Nazi exiles in France and Belgium in the armed struggle, and in attempts to undermine the moral of the German army of occupation, seeking to explain the different responses in two neighbouring countries.
How far the active anti-Nazis contributed to Germany’s defeat is unknowable but, at a minimum, their struggle diverted the Gestapo and the SS and thus saved other’s lives as well as reminding us that not all Germans were Nazis and that in the most repressive of circumstances, there was organised class based defiance despite the likelihood of death.