Women Erased from History: World War II

  • Paid off Gestapo guards
  • Hid revolvers in teddy bears
  • Flirted with Nazis and then killed them
  • Distributed underground bulletins and forged papers to ghetto inhabitants
  • Flung Molotov cocktails
  • Bombed train lines
  • Organized soup kitchens for starving ghetto inhabitants
  • Renia Kukielka was chosen for undercover missions as a courier girl after she escaped the ghetto where her family was imprisoned. She moved grenades, false passports, and cash strapped to her body and transported Jews from ghettos to hiding spots.
  • Bela Hazan got a job working as a translator and receptionist for the Gestapo and stole documents to deliver to Jewish forgers.
  • Vladka Meed smuggled dynamite into the Warsaw ghetto by passing bits of gunpowder through a hole in the wall of a basement on the ghetto border.
  • Hela Schupper dressed up as an affluent Polish woman and brought five guns and clips of cartridges to a militia in Krakow.
  • Ruzka Korczak in Vilna found a Finnish pamphlet about how to make bombs that became the underground’s recipe book.
  • Vitka Kempner blew up a German supply train after slipping out of the Ghetto with explosives under her coat.
  • Zelda Treger completed seventeen trips transporting hundreds of Jews out of ghettos and slave labor camps.
  • Haviva Reik and Hannah Senesh joined the British Army as paratroopers, helping thousands of Slovak Jews and rescuing Allied servicemen.

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Author of ‘New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together', OD Consultant, Keynote Speaker, and Workshop Trainer

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Anne Litwin

Anne Litwin

Author of ‘New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together', OD Consultant, Keynote Speaker, and Workshop Trainer