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Faye Schulman, née Lazebnik, was born to a large Jewish family in the shtetl of Lenin, Poland. She learned photography from her older brother Moishe and assisted him in the village's only photography business. When the Germans invaded Poland in World War II, they killed Faye's parents and younger siblings, along with the rest of the Jewish populace. Faye was spared for her photographic abilities and ordered to develop photos of the massacre, and she made copies. During a raid by Polish partisans, she fled into the forest and joined the Molotava Brigade, a group made up mostly of escaped Soviet Army prisoners-of-war. She served the group as a nurse from 1942 to 1944, in fighting along the Russian-Polish border. During these years, she managed to take and preserve more than 100 rare photographs documenting resistance activities. After the war, she married Morris Schulman, also a Polish Jewish partisan, with whom she would have two children. They spent three years in displaced persons camps in Germany before being allowed to emigrate to Canada in 1948, settling in Toronto. Her book, A Partisan’s Memoir: Woman of the Holocaust, was published in 1995. The photos she took during war are featured in a traveling exhibition called "Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photography of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman," which visited the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in 2013. Her story was featured in the 1999 documentary Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust, which aired on PBS in the USA.
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