Jewish Partisans (I): The Bielski Group
ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question: Why did the Bielski partisan group take in everybody, including elderly people and children?
There is a common myth that during the Holocaust Jews passively went to the slaughter like sheep. Most people have never heard of the 20,000-30,000 Jews who fought back against the Nazis as Jewish partisans. The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF) develops and distributes educational materials about the Jewish partisans and their life lessons, bringing the celebration of heroic resistance against tyranny into educational and cultural organizations.
Sheri Pearl Rosenblum is JPEF’s Director of Development and Outreach. In this program she tells us about the partisan movement and one of its most important groups, led by the Bielski brothers.
This is the first in a three-part series about the Jewish partisans who fought against the Nazis in World War II. Next week Sheri will speak with us about Sephardic groups and women partisans. In the third part of the series, Sheri will tell us about JPEF and their work.