Judith and Marvin (z’’l) Ginsburg placed tremendous value on the importance of education and upon sharing their experiences as Jewish partisans with future generations. It was and remains essential to them to present an accurate history of Jewish loss and resistance during the Holocaust, teaching their children, grandchildren, and future generations about their personal and family histories as well as sharing their stories with the world.

To honor Judith’s 95th birthday, on January 6, 2020, her family has founded the Judith and Marvin (z’’l) Ginsburg Jewish Partisan History Education Fund to support JPEF’s efforts to educate young people through the lessons of the Jewish partisans. JPEF will use the proceeds from this fund to bring its educational materials to students and their educators worldwide. Today, more than 25,000 teachers, including Judith’s granddaughter, Cantor Shira Ginsburg, are using JPEF's lesson plans, films, partisan interviews, and biographies to empower millions of young people through the Jewish partisans’ legacies. The Judith and Marvin (z”l) Ginsburg Jewish Partisan History Fund will allow JPEF to reach many more educators in the years to come.

Judith Ginsburg

Judith as a young girl before the war.


As a teenager, in 1943, Judith Ginsburg (Yudis Kosczeinska) escaped from the line of Jews being marched to the trains bound for Majdanek as shots were fired at her. Rescued by a non-Jewish Polish man, she was incorporated into the Russian Partisan Paratroop unit, the Raschinsky otriad, where she served as an active combatant, partaking in numerous battles against the Germans. In the battle at Gavia Stantsia, where both men on either side of her were shot, Judith bravely dragged her fellow wounded comrade to safety, saving him and herself. At the age of 18, she was commended by her commander for her bravery and steadfastness. Due to the arrival of numerous Polish and Belarussian locals a few months before the end of the war, antisemitism in the Raschinsky unit escalated. Concerned for her safety, her commander helped her join the all Jewish Bielski Brigade where she took part in food procuring and scouting missions. Judith was the only survivor of a large and well respected family of four sisters, one brother, many aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. After liberation she returned to Lida, where she met and married Motke Ginsburg (z”l).

Judith and Motke, along with his sisters Frieda, Leke and father Avram Shlomo, made their way across Europe to the DP Camp Faehrenwald where they spent four years waiting to emigrate to America. There they had two children, Howard and Riva. In 1949, the family of four emigrated to the United States and settled in Troy, NY. They soon added two more children, Fran and Sheri, to the family. Today, Judith has ten grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and the number continues to grow.  To this day Judith continues to educate school children, welcoming them into her home to tell them her story of resistance and survival. Held in high esteem by all who know and love her, she is the beloved matriarch of the Ginsburg family and lives in Coconut Creek, Florida.

Read more about Judith Ginsburg, and leave her a 95th Birthday message on JPEF’s Jewish Partisan Community site at: www.jewishpartisancommunity.org/partisans/judith-yudis-ginsburg-kosczeinska/

Donate to the Judith and Marvin (z’’l) Ginsburg Fund for Jewish Partisan History Education here: www.jewishpartisans.org/2019gala

Marvin (Motke) Ginsburg

Motke Ginsburg at the outbreak of the war in Ivie, Poland.


Following the partial liquidation of the Ivie ghetto, Motke Ginsburg escaped and situated his parents and sisters with friendly peasants. He and his younger brother Tzalke (z”l) then joined the Russian otriad Iskra. Motke was responsible for blowing up 17 trains loaded with Nazi soldiers and war materials. Together with Tzalke (z”l), he also destroyed several bridges, a hydro-electric plant and factory complex.

Motke helped many Jews, who had escaped from the ghettos and other hiding places, to reach the safety of the Bielski Brigade which was active in the same area of the Naliboki Forest. Motke was known and beloved by both the local peasants and the Russian partisans. He was decorated with the highest honors of the Soviet Union, including the Order of Lenin, the Red Star, and many other military medals and commendations. His younger brother Tzalke, who blew up 22 trains, was named Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest honor in the land. Tragically, Tzalke (z”l) was killed right after liberation.

After the war, Motke married Yudis Kosczeinska (Judith Ginsburg) in Lida, Poland. In 1949 the family immigrated to Troy, New York, where Motke became a farmer and cattle dealer. In 1965 Motke returned to Germany to testify at the War Crime Trials of Windish and Wagner, who led the annihilation of the Jews of Ivie, Lida, and surrounding areas.

Motke, like his brother, was nominated to Hero of the Soviet Union, but one general objected saying that although he was a celebrated and accomplished partisan, Motke was overly loyal to the Jewish people. He never bragged or embellished; he lived his life as a proud and devoted Jew.

Motke is remembered as a cherished husband, father, zeyde, and friend, as well as a beloved and highly decorated partisan whose accomplishments are legendary.

Read more about Marvin (Motke) Ginsburg (z’’l) on JPEF’s Jewish Partisan Community site at: www.jewishpartisancommunity.org/partisans/motke-ginsburg/