A place for families of Jewish partisans from World War II to connect and share their stories.
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Mira Shelub (Raznov)


A Polish Jew born in what is now White Russia, Mira Shelub joined a partisan group that operated in the forest near her native Zdziedciol at the age of 18. With her family, she escaped Zdziedciol’s ghetto in 1942 as the Germans began killing off the population. Mira’s group...

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Community Stories

Gertrude Boyarski (Solucki)


Gertrude ‘Gertie’ Boyarski, born in 1922, was a teenager with a family and a home until the Germans invaded her town of Derechin, Poland. The Nazis forced the town’s...

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Philip Lazowski


Philip Lazowski was born on June 13, 1930 in Bielica, Poland. It was a fishing, hunting and agricultural community. The town trading posts had become a center for Jewish...

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Samuel (Shmuel) Zelwin (Zelvianski)


Samuel Zelwin (born Shmuel Zelvianski) came from a well to do family in Novogrudok, Poland. He, his father and his grandfather were all kosher butchers who also raised cattle....

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Alexander Zeisal (Zus) Bielski


Alexander Zeisal “Zus” Bielski was born into the only Polish Jewish family in Stankiewicze. The small village in Eastern Poland (now Western Belarus) was located between towns of Lida...

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Zdenka Novak


Zdenka Novak, born Zdenka Steiner in Zagreb, Croatia in 1919, was the sole survivor of her family. She lived a protected life full of culture, music and literature. In 1939,...

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