Joining the Partisans

Former Jewish partisan Sonia Orbuch recalls the moment she and her family joined a group of Russian partisans.
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And so we just didn't know where to go. We were lost again. And then this peasant [INAUDIBLE] came to us and he said, "look there are rumors there are Russian partisans in the vicinity. But I don't know whether they're friendly to Jews. They might kill you, but I might talk to them. Perhaps they will accept you."

And we said, "well, we have nothing to lose." Waited a long time actually. And then came out a commander for political affairs and he started interviewing us. He looked at us. Skeletons was sitting there for skeletons, dirty, long hair overgrown, and he started asking questions.

He says, "so where are your weapons?" We didn't have any weapons. "So how many trains did you dynamite?" We didn't.

So I thought he was not going to take us in, but being that my uncle was a trained scout, they needed a scout to lead them in the vicinity where the partisans were. They were strangers in that part of the country. So they took us in because of my uncle.

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Facing History & Ourselves, “Joining the Partisans,” video, last updated April 12, 2022.

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