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Thursday: 9:00-20:00 *
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* The Holocaust History Museum, Museum of Holocaust Art, Exhibitions Pavilion and Synagogue are open until 20:00. All other sites close at 17:00.

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Appeal of Israel Fisanovich's Mother

Bellow is an expert from the appeal of Malka Fisanovich, Israel's mother, to the Jewish women of the world, delivered at the second meeting of representatives of the Jewish people in Moscow in 1943. Her appeal, that was addressed less to Soviet Jews than to Jews in the West, was clearly edited and approved by the authorities. The main idea expressed was that Soviet Jews had a particular account to settle against the Nazis during World War II. Malka Fisanovich noted:

"…for his services my eldest son Izrail Fisanovich, a submarine captain in the Northern Fleet, received the highest honor bestowed by our Soviet government, the honor of Hero of the Soviet Union and also two Orders of the Red Banner. My youngest son, 23-year-old Natan Fisanovich is a captain in a mortar unit…. My dear son, Hero of the Soviet Union Izrail, Izinka, my child, day and night I think about you and your brother. I worry about you, but I still say to you with all my heart, 'Don't spare you energy or your life, strike the fascist beats. Drown them by the thousands in the seas of our country. Drown them since they want to drown us and our whole country in our blood. Remember that we are Jews, who have a double account to settle with those bloodthirsty villains. We have to take revenge on them both as Soviet citizens and as Jews. Those bloody bandits can be heroes only against unarmed ill people, weak Jewish women, children, and old people but not against Jewish Red Army men, not against my heroic sons Izi and Natan Fisanovich, nor against the thousands of other Jews like my sons. Pursue them, my sons. Destroy those repulsive murderers so that not a trace of them remains….'"

From: GARF 8114-1-160, copy JM/26142.