Faye Schulman (1940s), a photo of her taken at the same time at the end of the winter of 1943 as the posted photo with a few of the other partisans: a member and main photographer of the Jewish resistance to the Holocaust.
“I want people to know that there was resistance. Jews did not go like sheep to the slaughter,” she said. “I have pictures. I have proof.” She is still alive, and turns 101 today.
Living in the Polish city of Lenin along the Russian border, Schulman was just 18 when the Germans invaded eastern Poland in 1939, triggering World War II.
Roughly three years later, on Aug. 14, 1942, the Nazis killed 1,850 Jews from the Lenin ghetto, including Schulman’s parents, sisters and younger brother.
Schulman, who had learned photography from her older brother, Moishe, was one of only 26 people spared.
Although the Nazis spared her for her ability to document their atrocities, the young photographer soon escaped to the nearby forests during a raid by the Russian resistance. There she joined the Molotova Brigade, a group of escaped Soviet Red Army POWs turned partisan fighters.
During her nearly two years with the brigade, Schulman served as a nurse, while also documenting the experiences of the fighters, some of whom were Jewish. Her photos offer a rare view into the world of those partisans and include images of both the camaraderie and triumphs they experienced, as well as the hardships and horrors.
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