Partisan Life

Former Jewish partisan Sonia Orbuch explains how she perceived life among the partisans as a "good life."

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Living [as] partisans, to me, it was like a picnic already after what we went through before the partisans. The partisan life was actually very good for us, because [of] living by ourselves in the forest and hungry and wet and not being able to get any clothes or to wash ourselves—for a whole year we did not wash ourselves, and [for] water, we had to dissolve the snow in order to get a little bit of water, and if we baked a little bit of bread and we brought it back to the forest, we hung it up, [because if] we left it on the ground the animals ate it, so we used to hang it on top of the of the trees in order to preserve it. It was difficult. My legs were burned completely, because it was so cold [that] when [I] sat in front of the fire, I did not feel that my flesh was burning [on] my legs. It was a horror, but when we came to the partisans, to me that was a good life. I was not alone, and if I was going to die, I was going to die as a fighter, not because I was born a Jew. I was going to die as a fighter, and that's what kept us going.

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