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Sonia (Sheine Sima) Kinn (Rotapel)


Sonia Kinn, Sheine Sima Rotapel Kinkulkin was born on May 14, 1922 in the shtetl of Mishnietz in North Central Poland near the city of Lomza, to Moshe and Bluma Gittel Rotapel, She had two sisters, Zlota (Sylvia, who left Poland for the U.S. in 1938), Yenta (the eldest...

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Sonia Bielski (Boldo)


Sonia Boldo was born in Novogrudok, Poland in 1922. She came from a very wealthy family, attended the best schools, and even had aspirations of enrolling at a university...

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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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Sara Rosnow


A Young Woman in the Forest: A Jewish Partisan Story of Survival Born on the second Seder of Passover 1925, Sara Rosnow was fifteen years old when the Soviet...

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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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Frank Blaichman


Born in the small town of Kamionka, Poland on Dec. 11, 1922, Frank Blaichman was just sixteen years old when the German army invaded his country in 1939. Following...

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Bernard Musmand


Bernard Musmand was born in 1930 in Metz, France. The Nazi takeover in 1940 forced his family to move to the south of France, which was outside of German control. They...

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