|Nine grader, Talia Weisberg, Winner of our 2010 Youth Writing Contest|
|Mary Kluck, Durban Holocaust Centre Director during opening remarks.|
|JPEF Executive Director Mitch Braff goes over the JPEF website with local educators in Durban.|
|JPEF presentation at King David High School in Johannesburg.|
|Students from Wendywood High School in Johannesburg with JPEF Resist stickers of|
Eta Wrobel (z"l) and Zus Bielski (z"l).
|JPEF presented to a full house at the Durban Holocaust Centre.|
|Mitch Braff (center) with Janine Cohen (left) and Tali Nates (right) from the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre. Tali is the Executive Director and an international leader in Holocaust education.|
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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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