Bielski Reunion in Forest Jerusalem 2019

 

9 July 2019, Naliboki Forest

A Day with the Bielskis

9:00 – All the guests are brought to the village of Naliboki by minivans. 

11.00  – meeting Alexander Pilinkievich, the chairman of the village council of Naliboki, who takes care of the Bielski camp.

Presentation by Alexander Pilinkievich

Presentation by Alexander Pilinkievich

Alexander, the chairman of the village council of Naliboki, makes a presentation to the Israeli Ambassador to Belarus. 

Source: youtu.be/2GrL4Ju4H7A

A memorial stone to the Jews of Naliboki.

12.00– 18.00 – at the Bielski camp site in the Naliboki Forest

  • Tour around the camp with Tamara Vershitskaya and Alexander Pilinikievich
  • Introduction to the Naliboki Forest and how to survive in the forest (Ales Biely)
  • Workshop ‘Tell your parents’ story and Your Own Story’ led by Bella Rubin, senior lecturer at Tel Aviv University.
Violin Performance

Violin Performance

by Sevil Uluchan-Weinstein (Bielski) of Turkey

Source: youtu.be/i5J81aj7_f0

Violin Performance

Violin Performance

by Sevil Uluchan-Weinstein (Bielski) of Turkey

Source: youtu.be/v9E4pJ7FdsM

Asaela Bielski’s Message for the Kaplinskis

Asaela Bielski’s Message for the Kaplinskis

Source: youtu.be/jzl4hlGLKYE

Guidelines to the participants on how to be part of the story telling and discussion by Shachar Rubin of Israel.

Dancing in Naliboki Forest led by Shachar Rubin

Dancing in Naliboki Forest led by Shachar Rubin

Source: youtu.be/QtL0KDtdKtc

Guests tell stories about the partisan life as told by their parents. 

  • Commemoration of the last victims killed in the camp on the day before liberation (July 9, 1944) and buried in the camp.
  • Kaddish by Rabbi Grigory Abramovich from Minsk
  • Lament of Israel performed by Mikhail Dvilyanski
The Partisans’ Song in the Naliboki Forest

The Partisans’ Song in the Naliboki Forest

Introduced by Eli Rabinowitz. Sung in Hebrew

Source: youtu.be/3_b4V9Us_Z8

  • Partisan lunch
Performance at lunch

Performance at lunch

Source: youtu.be/P8Ff-yxMibk

Le Chaim At Lunch

Le Chaim At Lunch

Source: youtu.be/Fz2FrtyaUHY

Farewell 
Forest Jerusalem – 2018

Forest Jerusalem

My visit to the Naliboki Forest in Belarus on 16 May 2018, with Tamara, Alexander and Ivan. This is where the Bielskis and many other partisans had their camps in the latter part of WWII. Aptly nam…

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The Naliboki KehilaLink

Home

Source: kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/naliboki/Home.html

WE ARE HERE! For Upstanders

WE ARE HERE! For Upstanders

Bielski Partisans

A Human Rights project for Upstanders, funded by the US Government.

Source: wah.foundation

WE ARE HERE! Global Program For Upstanders

https://wah.foundation

WE ARE HERE! for Upstanders is a global program that promotes universal human rights and inclusive development. We are headquartered in Perth, Australia.

Using the stories of the Jewish Partisans, WE ARE HERE! seeks to inspire in young people the confidence and ability to stand up in the face of prejudice and oppression.

The website: https://wah.foundation 

This program is sponsored by a cultural grant from the U.S. Department of State.

PRESS: 

THE AUSTRALIAN JEWISH NEWS – 18 January 2019

J-Wire Australia
http://www.jwire.com.au/partisans-song-translated-from-yiddish-to-noongar/

The Partisans’ Song in Noongar: 

Audio:

More details on our website: https://wah.foundation

Holocaust educator and specialist Nance Adler of Seattle, Washington will visit Australia in August 2019. Nance will present to teachers, students and community leaders involved in education. We will also run workshops.

Nance’s Partisans’ Project and Lesson Plan have already been translated by our global team into Russian, Lithuanian, German, Polish and Spanish, and are available for free! https://wah.foundation/lesson/lesson-plan/

Professor Lynne Cohen, recently retired vice-chancellor of ECU – Edith Cowan University, has joined our project team. Lynne was also Head of the ECU School of Education in Western Australia

Our international team of educators and collaborators: https://wah.foundation/who-we-are/

Through our network of global collaborators, there are now 27 language translations of the Partisans’ Song. The Partisans’ Song portal: https://elirab.me/znk  

In YIDDISH, HEBREW, ENGLISH, POLISH, BELARUSIAN, RUSSIAN, GERMAN, SPANISH, CZECH, DUTCH, ITALIAN, ROMANIAN, FRENCH, SWEDISH, PORTUGUESE, NORWEGIAN, JAPANESE, FINNISH, SWISS GERMAN, SLOVAK, GREEK, AFRIKAANS, UKRAINIAN, SERBIAN, NOONGAR , ARABIC and XHOSA

Recently we arranged translations into Aboriginal Noongar, Arabic and Xhosa, and soon in Zulu, Mongolian and Ladino.

The Partisans’ Song will be sung in Noongar in July at Ellenbrook Senior High School, with planned national media coverage of this World Premiere! 

William Cooper

There is a strong theme connecting the Jewish Partisans and William Cooper, the Aboriginal leader who attempted to deliver his protest to the Nazi consulate in Melbourne on 6 December 1938, just after Kristallnacht. William’s petition was eventually accepted by Germany in 2017: http://www.jwire.com.au/uncle-boydie/

The Gandel Foundation, Melbourne has recently announced two scholarships in the name of William Cooper.

Uncle Boydie and Moshe Fiszman

Our Melbourne educator, Viv Parry, produced a movie, Ties That Bind, in 2017. Read more:  https://elirab.me/ties-that-bind/

This powerful nine minute documentary film features Uncle Boydie, grandson of William Cooper, and Moshe Fiszman, a Holocaust survivor. https://youtu.be/1N700Olmw-U

Ties That Bind is now part of the USHMM’s – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (in Washington) presentation.

We are writing a lesson plan for this documentary. This will be freely available to teachers and students around the world.

Our North Queensland collaborator, Barbara Miller, has written the book: William Cooper – Gentle Warrior 

William Cooper, Gentle Warrior

We are also expanding our global online collaboration classes with World ORT and other schools. World ORT is the world’s largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organisation. Several lesson plans will be offered to a global audience.

ORT students recite Zog Nit Keynmol for Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Partisans’ Song in English recited for us by Freydi Mrocki: https://youtu.be/9gS7c4iNCI0

Our project features in a documentary on South African National Television in 2018:  https://youtu.be/NRcGcNGrYWo

Kristallnacht Cantata

The Kristallnacht Cantata by Ron Jontof-Hutter of Melbourne and Israeli composer, Alon Trigger.  Here is a 6 minute promo video: https://youtu.be/A3IlzEAwmIk. The full work will be about 35 minutes. This is based on this story of Ron’s grandfather, Otto Jontof-Hutter, and William Cooper:  https://www.jwire.com.au/kristallnacht-and-the-righteous-australian-aboriginal-william-cooper/  Otto and William never met or even knew of each other’s existence!

Several orchestras around the world have shown a strong interest in performing the work. 

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Learn The Partisans’ Song

Recite or sing the Partisans’ Song in your home tongue, or in a language you have learnt. Make a video, which can be as creative as you wish or just a simple recording. 

The Power Of Words

The background and context

The ‘Partisans’ Song’ – Zog Nit Keyn Mol – written by Hirsch Glik, 22, in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943, is one of the most powerful songs of resistance and defiance ever written.

Today, 75 years on, long after the demise of Hitler’s murderous regime, the partisans’ song is now sung worldwide to mark the Jewish spirit of resistance.

Words – Michael Cohen, Melbourne MC – Freydi Mrocki
https://youtu.be/SvNoyReKxO0

KEY WORDS FROM THE POEM

“Zog nit keyn mol, az du geyst dem letstn veg…….Never say that you have reached the end of the road……

Mir zaynen do! WE ARE HERE!

“This says that although it looks like the last moments of the life of the Jewish people, it is not, and where the blood was shed, will begin a new, a heroic and a wonderful Jewish life!” https://youtu.be/koA7fpGxRgw

(Quote: Cantor H Fox, LA)

Beis Aharon School, Pinsk, Belarus
https://youtu.be/yN3QGZkmGjY