Accession consists of one electronic copy of a photograph of the Jewish Partisan Unit in Belarus, circa 1956. Anna is pictured in the front row, third from the right. Her husband Abrahm is second from the right.
The item was loaned to the Archives for copying as part of the Russian Jewish War Veteran initiative. The original photograph was returned to the donor on the same day.
Anna was in the Minsk ghetto at the start of the Second World War when she escaped to a partisan detachment in May 1942. She stayed with this detachment until 1944. Originally it was a Jewish group but later grew to include non-Jews as well. Their first fight was in June 1942 when they were surrounded by Germans troops, however they broke through the line and got away through the surrounding swamps. Anna's job was to fill cartridge belts for the machine guns. She later joined the Minsk Partisan Brigade and was charged with guarding the partisan camp and later recruiting new people to the group from Minsk. She participated in a “Rail War”, destroying the rail lines and blowing up Nazi trains. The MPB worked in collaboration with the Minsk Underground (Podpolye). Her husband Abrahm was a commander of another subversion group called the Podryvnaya Gruppa.