Made famous by Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell in Edward Zwick's movie Defiance, the Bielski brothers saved some 1200 Jews in the forests of Belarus during the Holocaust.
This true and remarkable story is featured in the International School for Holocaust Studies' e-newsletter. The article looks at the various challenges and dilemmas faced by Tuvia, Asael, Zusya and Aharon Bielski, who, as Tuvia declared, believed, “Don’t rush to fight and die. So few of us are left, we need to save lives. It is more important to save Jews than to kill Germans."
Naliboki, Poland, Armed partisans from the Bielski unit, 1943
(Yad Vashem Photo Archive)