Refusing to Comply
Refusing to obey gives a victim agency in a situation where genocidal authorities try to eradicate it completely. Rather than comply with orders directed at them, these individuals refuse and follow their own path. Choosing suicide over dehumanization, refusing to follow orders, and openly criticizing genocide, are all examples of this kind of resistance. As defined by the philosopher David Thoreau, these individuals make their “life a counter-friction to stop the machine,” to stand up for what they believe in. Unfortunately, the danger of this disobedience means that we rarely hear these stories from the resisters themselves. Their courage lives on through witnesses, reminding us of the difficulty of choosing between your own life and your beliefs.