Re-discovering Their Voices

Re-discovering Their Voices

An evening filled with sharing and The Together Plan’s plans for preservation for the future.

Our third meeting in the series dedicated to the Jewish resistance in Novogrudok during WWII scheduled for May 17, 2022 will focus on partisans’ stories.

Our speakers are: Alissa Sklar, Jack Borowski, Batya Cohen, Ze’ev Sharon, Irwin Shelub

Who and what were they? Why is it important to hear and tell the story of every Bielski partisan? Debra Brunner, The Together Plan CEO, will present the idea of a Bielski partisans’ Story Bank set up by The Together Plan.

The story of the Bielski detachment is multifaceted, because each of the more than 1,000 Jews who survived with the Bielskis has a different story to tell. Sometimes these stories contradict each other, but they make the whole story truthful, trustworthy and more complete.

We must give a voice to every Bielski partisan, if we really want to learn the truth and learn from it. We would like to share this responsibility with you, the second and third generation of Bielski partisans.

All who care are welcome to join us on May 17 at 5 p.m.  (London), 7 p.m. (Minsk and Jerusalem), 6 p.m. (Berlin), 2 p.m. (Buenos Aires), 12.00 (noon, New York and Montreal), 4 a.m. (Sydney)

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17 May 2022


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm




  • C. Shifra Poupko
    C. Shifra Poupko
    Yad Vashem Museum Guide and Educator

    Shifra Poupko is a museum guide and educator at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Authority, and is currently pursuing advanced degrees at the Weiss-Livnat International Center for Holocaust Research and Education at Haifa University. Her research includes Jewish life in the inter-war period, particularly in Belarus and is driven by questions involving memory and history.

  • Debra Brunner
    Debra Brunner

    Debra has been working in Belarus for over ten years and is a passionate advocate for Jewish community, history, heritage and identity. Debra has worked tirelessly to grow The Together Plan in order to give agency to Jewish people coming out of a traumatic past, to empower them and give them skills and self-belief to rebuild and revive. It is Debra’s mantra that together we can make a real and positive difference for a better, stronger and more cohesive Jewish landscape in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

  • Tamara Vershitskaya
    Tamara Vershitskaya
    Founder of the Novogrudok Jewish Resistance Museum

    Tamara is a passionate Holocaust researcher with many years of experience. Previous roles include the position of Director of the Novogrudok Museum of History and Regional Studies. She played a key role in the establishment of the Jewish Resistance Museum, a memorial exhibition on the former ghetto site dedicated to the tunnel escape and the Bielski partisans.

    Tamara has written many publications for both the Russian and American Holocaust Encyclopaedias and was a translator for the book of memoirs Surviving the Holocaust with the Russian Jewish partisans by Jack Kagan and Dov Cohen. Her research into Jewish resistance in Novogrudok and in other parts of Belarus have resulted in numerous scientific publications and a book, Pain and Anger – Holocaust and Resistance in Novogrudok, published in 2019 by the Belarusian Encyclopaedia.

    Tamara has organized many conferences and educational seminars on Jewish heritage for secondary school teachers throughout Belarus on the subject of the Holocaust. She also collaborated with Jewish heritage professionals in Poland in a cross-border project entitled “Shtetl routes. Vestiges of Jewish Cultural Heritage in Cross-Border Tourism” (2013-2015). Tamara became a member of The Together Plan team in Minsk in 2021.