The Greatest Escape – an 80th Anniversary Tribute

The Greatest Escape – an 80th Anniversary Tribute

Tuesday 26th September
17.00 – 18.30 BST, / 19.00 – 20.30 Minsk and Israel / 12.00 – 13.30 EST / 09.00 – 10.30 PST

Betty Brodsky Cohen, our guest speaker, is the daughter of Fania (Fanny) Dunetz Brodsky, one of the escapees from the Novogrudok Forced Labour Camp in Belarus. 

Betty will talk about her book “Tunnel of Hope: The Great Escape from the Novogrudok forced Labor Camp” which is due for publication this autumn. It tells the story of the most successful prisoner escape of the Holocaust era, and the 200m long tunnel, the longest hand-dug tunnel of World War II, planned and executed by Jewish prisoners under the noses of their Nazi captors. Most importantly, the book is about the incredible true story of the individuals who participated in the Novogrudok Tunnel Escape in September, 1943. One hundred and thirty of the escapees survived the escape and 107 of them joined the Bielski Partisans. This could have never have happened without both the recognised Righteous Gentiles in the area as well as many others, to this day unrecognised, who risked everything to save so many Jewish lives. 

The event will take place on the very day of the daring escape which happened 80 years ago.

Join us to celebrate those who survived and to honour the memories of those who didn’t, their unbelievable courage and their will to live. 

Special introduction by Tamara Vershitskaya, Heritage Specialist at The Together Plan.

Please have a memorial candle to light at the event.

Free event with an option for donations.

Book tickets:


26 Sep 2023


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm