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Throughout occupied Europe, Partisans banded together to engage in guerrilla warfare against the Germans. Jewish partisans played a prominent role in parts of the USSR where the geographical conditions permitted such warfare. They fought in existing partisan units or set up their own. The decision to join the partisans was a tragic one, since leaving for the forest meant abandoning one's family. In some areas of Belorussia and Vohlin, the Jewish Partisan units sheltered whole families, thus maintaining the lives of many women and children during the Holocaust. In southern European countries such as Yugoslavia and Greece, Jews joined general partisan units. In western European countries, such as Belgium, resistance was characterized mainly by underground movements, and Jews played a significant role in them.

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