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Partisans of Vilna


130 minutes
Source: Facets

This documentary recounts the untold tale of the Jewish resistance during World War II, and the moral dilemmas facing the Jewish youth who organized an underground resistance in the Vilna ghetto. The film features 40 interviews with the former partisans in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English, interspersed with rare archival footage.

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