Current JPEF Events and Highlights
We are collaborating with Facing History and Ourselves to bring the Jewish partisans to over 100,000 educators in their network. Facing History has integrated many of JPEF's educational materials into their online resource offerings and professional development trainings. A special section of their website is devoted to the study of the Jewish partisans, and features JPEF partisans and active links to JPEF's site.
54 of JPEF's Jewish partisans are now featured in the Personal Stories section of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Holocaust Encyclopedia. Their vital stories are now being shared with over a million annual visitors to USHMM's website.
In cooperation with the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, JPEF will present its "Teaching with the Motion Picture Defiance" workshop for educators on May 11th at the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art in Memphis. Facilitated by JPEF educator Bruce Bramlett, the workshop with feature a special presentation by Jewish partisan and Memphis resident Ted Winestone, who will share his experiences as a teenager fighting against the Nazis in the forests of Belarus.
Sheri Rosenblum, JPEF's Director of Development and Outreach, will facilitate a Tactics of Resistance workshop for New York City educators on June 8th at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. This workshop is part of an all day in- service teacher training sponsored by the museum.
Save the Date for JPEF's 2017 Gala Celebrating the Jewish Partisans - Teaching and Preserving Their Legacies. Sunday, November 5th from 5:00 - 9:00 PM at Guastavinos in New York City. Honoring the remarkable contributions of partisans who have passed away and recognizing the third generation, who continue to inspire others by sharing their families' stories. For more information click here, or contact Sheri Rosenblum at 415-563-2244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch for JPEF at the 97th Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies. November 17-19 in San Francisco.
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Q: Hello my name is Joshua i would like to know what rifle or weapon that was carried by yall im doing a realistic fiction book and would like to know what weapon was carried on average.
A: Starting in December of 1942 I carried two weapons - a rifle and a revolver, both of which were locally available and likely Polish made. Later on, In July of 1943, we received a shipment of Arms from the Red Army via parachute drop. From then on, I began carrying a 'Pe-Pe-Sha' soviet machine gun, a German Luger and 2 hand grenades.
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Q: What was the social hierarchy like in these partisan groups
A: In Russian partisan brigades, different units may have had different protocols, especially the all-Jewish Bielski Otriad. In the Stalinskaya Brigade that I was a part of, many of the partisans had been commanding officers in the Russian Army or were escaped POWs. They generally assumed the positions that they held in the Russian Army. Each brigade had a commanding officer who would appoint battalion heads. All officers were appointed, but you could rise through to other positions like being a scout by volunteering. There was antisemitism in my unit and they treated the Jews a bit differently. Because I was young and Jewish, I had to prove myself.
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