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While facing overwhelming odds and risking their lives,
individuals from all walks of life fought Nazi terror and helped rescue
those in danger. This included thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish
partisans, who were armed resistance fighters deployed across occupied
Europe. Below we share stories of Jewish partisans who sabotaged Germans
and their Axis partners.
Images: Resistance fighter Faye Schulman holds her
nephew, Schelemale, circa 1936–39. USHMM, courtesy of Faye Schulman (Faigel
Lazebnik); Former Bielski partisans in the Foehrenwald
displaced persons camp. Germany, 1948. USHMM, courtesy of Jack Kagan; A
medal awarded to Jamila Kolonomos in 1950. USHMM, gift of Jamila
Kolonomos; A sketch by Alexander Bogen of partisans in the
Naroch forest. USHMM, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund;
Harry Burger in 1944. Courtesy of the Jewish Partisan Educational
Foundation; Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer Gideon