Current JPEF Events and Highlights
We are collaborating with Facing History and Ourselves to bring the Jewish partisans to the more than 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.
On March 15th, JPEF's Director of Development and Outreach Sheri Rosenblum, will bring the Jewish partisans to Northern California Educators during UC Davis' seminar History and Memory of the Holocaust.
JPEF's Founding Director, Mitch Braff, will lead a student workshop on March 19th during the San Francisco city-wide 2017 Day of Learning, sponsored by the JFCS Holocaust Center. JPEF board member Dr. Danny Petrasek will share his father Martin Friedmann Petrasek's Jewish partisan experience. For more information on the Day of Learning visit: http://jfcsholocaustcenter.org/holocaust-events/day-learning/
JPEF and the Central Valley Holocaust Educator's Network (CVHEN) will present a workshop for educators on March 21st, Exploring Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust. The workshop will explore many forms of resistance including the armed activities of the Jewish partisans and resistance through the arts. The workshop will be held in Sacramento from 4:30 - 7:30PM and is offered at no cost. Registration is open at http://www.cvhen.com/teacher-training. This workshop is made possible through a generous grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.
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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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