Ringelblum on Cooperation Between Jewish
Political Parties in the Underground
The war has confronted Jewish public circles with
very important problems. The political relationships that existed before
the war had to cease. A united Jewish front had to be created from Left
to Right. The Hitlerist fight against the Jewish population took on
the character of an extermination. It was directed against all strata
and all classes of the Jewish population as a whole. As far as the Hitlerites
were concerned there was no difference between the Zionists
and members of the Bund they hated both equally. They wanted
to destroy both. A policy for struggle appropriate to this situation
had to be developed by the Jewish population. A united national front
had to be created to face the German Fascist powers of destruction.
The Jews were confronted by such cardinal questions of life and death
that no [section] could take the responsibility for deciding such crucial
questions alone. It required united strength to find the answers to
the problems which the situation continuously brought up. The institution
of Party consultations of all political directions had no name, but
it was a permanent body, and its views were consulted by the Joint,
the Jewish Social Self-Help organization and by the Community itself
more than once....
Source: E. Ringelblum, Ksovim fun geto ("Notes
from the Ghetto"), II, Warsaw, 1961-1963, p. 109.