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May
May 1944 - Members of the Bielski Family Camp in the Naliboki Forest

May 1944

Members of the Bielski Family Camp in the Naliboki Forest

When the Nazis began the mass executions of Jews of Belorussia in 1941, Tuvia Bielski fled to the Naliboki forest with his brothers, setting up a well-organized partisan unit with far-reaching impact. Insisting that rescue and resistance go together, Tuvia Bielksi never turned away any Jew, young or old, healthy or in need of medical attention. Over 1,200 men, women, and children ultimately survived, making the Bielksi partisans the largest armed rescuers of Jews by Jews.

For more information on Tuvia Bielski and the Bielski Family Camp, click here.