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Solidarity in Wartime Minsk

Barbara Epstein

in The Minsk Ghetto 1941-1943

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780520242425
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520242425.003.0006
Solidarity in Wartime Minsk

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This chapter describes the two projects conducted jointly by the city and ghetto underground organizations: the construction and operation of an underground press, and the campaign to save and rescue children from the ghetto and place them in orphanages in the city or in the homes of Byelorussians. Both of these projects involved people outside the underground and underground members. Byelorussian and Jewish printers working in the German-run printing press in the city initiated the first underground printing press. The Jewish printers were underground members while the Byelorussians were non-members seeking underground movements to participate in. The campaign to rescue ghetto children involved two teams of female underground members: one was Jewish and the other was Byelorussian, and both teamed up to save the children. This chapter also mentions another project of the Minsk ghetto and the city underground organizations. This was the act of sabotaging the German factories. Included as well in this chapter is the story of Sarah Goland, who rescued her husband from the Germans and organized groups of Jews to leave the ghetto with the aid of Jews and Byelorussians. The chapter also narrates the story of a young group of Minsk teenagers whose friendship, maintained during the war across the ghetto border, saved lives.

Keywords: ghetto underground; city underground; underground press; children; Byelorussians; Jews

Chapter.  16886 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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