During the darkest hours of World War II three Russian brothers achieved the impossible: they transformed persecution and violence into an incredible tale of affirmation and survival. Living in the Soviet Republic of Belorussia Tuvia Asael and Zus Bielski fled to the woods to escape the Nazis. There they built an elaborate village for rescued Jews. The forest haven included a bakery communal bath synagogue and even a theater company. Although they mounted guerrilla attacks against the enemy their priority was saving their people. Tuvia often declared he would "rather save one old Jewish woman than kill ten Nazis." the Bielskis saved 1200 men women and children-easily the largest rescue of Jews by Jews during World War II-but until now their story has gone largely untold. Including interviews with Bielski Brigade survivors in the United States Israel and Great Britain HISTORY recognizes three of the greatest heroes of the Holocaust.
Director: Dean Ward
Producer: Carrie Ansell