During World War II approximately thirty thousand Jews escaped ghettos and work camps and formed organized armed resistance groups to fight the Nazis. These groups were known as partisans.
Despite the odds, women were able to join the partisans. Their work in the partisan camps ranged from domestic duties such as cleaning cooking and nursing, to reconnaissance, weapons transport, as well as armed combat. Women made up approximately 10% of the partisans.
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Four to six page downloadable guides with maps, photos, questions for students, and suggested readings:
Jewish Women in the Partisans
Sonia Orbuch: A Young Woman with Russian Partisans
Gertrude Boyarski: From Frail Girl to Partisan Fighter