This Day in Jewish History A Young Ghetto Fighter in Vilna Takes a Stand

Even before the Nazis met to discuss the Final Solution, 23-year-old Abba Kovner was rallying Jews in Vilna to fight rather than be 'led like sheep to the slaughter.'

On December 31, 1941, Abba Kovner spoke before an assembly of Vilna Ghetto youth and declared his far-sighted and far from conventional conviction that the Nazis were determined “to destroy all the Jews of Europe,” and that they, the Jews of Lithuania, were to be “the first in line.”