Reading

The Importance of the Partisans

Sara Fortis was born in Chalkis, a small town near Athens, Greece. When the Nazis invaded in 1941, Sara fled. While on the run, she agreed to join the resistance. In her new position,  Sara recruited other women and formed an all-female partisan unit. Here, she reflects on the importance of the partisans in Greece.

Without them, without the partisans, many Jews would have died or shared the fate of the Jews of Thessaloniki at Auschwitz. And they weren't the only ones; [also] many gentiles and many Greek people. They captured Greeks along with the Jews, those who helped the Jews, those who resisted—it was a very grave matter.1

Citations

Related Content

Reading
Holocaust

Call Me Captain Sarika

Sara Fortis recollects how the partisans addressed one another and the significance of her title captain.

Reading
Holocaust

The Partisans of Evia

Read about the highly capable partisans of Evia, the second largest island in Greece.

Reading
Holocaust

Sara Fortis’s Biography

Read the story of Sara Fortis, a young woman who fled her hometown in Greece when the Nazis invaded in 1941 and joined the resistance movement.

Reading
Holocaust

Sara Trains Her Army of Women

Learn about the necessity to recruit and train women for an all-female partisan unit.

Search Our Global Collection

Everything you need to get started teaching your students about racism, antisemitism and prejudice.