Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman
Oshman Family JCC Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life 3921 Fabian Way , Palo Alto ~ Room E 104
July 14th- August 14th Opening Reception: Thursday July 15th, 2010 6-8pm
Faye Schulman became a war documentarian at grave risk to her own life. During World War II there were approximately 20,000-30,000 Jewish boys and girls who escaped the German ghettos and work camps and formed and joined organized, armed resistance groups. These resistance fighters were called partisans. Faye Schulman was one such partisan.
After the ghetto was liquidated and her family murdered she escaped. Faye Schulman was with the Russian Molatava partisan brigade, whose encampment was near her hometown, of Lenin (formerly Poland) from 1942-1944. Along with serving as a doctor’s aid, Schulman also took photographs, developing and printing the two-inch negatives beneath blankets in the forest. Faye Schulman was one of the only – perhaps the only -- Jewish partisan photographer who captured Jewish resistance during the Holocaust.
"Pictures of Resistance” has exhibited in ten cities around the world including Zurich, Switzerland and Tel Aviv, Israel. It continues to draw international acclaim and media attention, bringing JPEF?s work to more and more communities
“Often we hear of Jews as victims, but the stories portrayed in the exhibit spoke of Jews as heroes," said Brandeis graduate student Jessica Levine. "It gave me a new, different Holocaust story to tell, one of resistance and resilience. It made me feel proud to be a Jew."
The exhibition is curated by Jill Vexler, Ph.D. who has extensive experience with Holocaust-related exhibitions, including Letters to Sala: A Young Woman's Life in Nazi Labor Camps, Remembering Luboml: Images of a Jewish Community, and Oswiecim, Ospitzin, Auschwitz: Portrait of Memories, the permanent exhibition at the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oswiecim, Poland. A filmed interview with Ms. Schulman discussing specific photographs as well as a Teacher/Student Study Guide will be available on the JPEF website, www.jewishpartisans.org.
Since 2000, the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF) has recorded the WWII experiences of brave partisan men and women like Faye Schulman, for use in educational materials, such as study and curriculum guides, teacher trainings, short films narrated by Ed Asner, Larry King, and Tovah Feldshuh, an innovative website, -- and now our first exhibition.
JPEF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, based in San Francisco, is the only organization in the world that is solely focused on developing material on Jewish partisans. JPEF also serves as the only resource for partisan material for thousands of organizations and institutions across the country.
For more information about the exhibit contact Jan@jewishpartisans.org