Partisan activity marked in yellow as indicated by Mira Shelub
A Polish Jew born in what is now White Russia, Mira Shelub joined a partisan group that operated in the forest near her native Zdziedciol at the age of 18. With her family, she escaped Zdziedciolís ghetto in 1942 as the Germans began killing off the population.
Miraís group engaged in sabotage against the Nazis and their Polish collaborators by disrupting communications and transportation to the war front. They blew up trains, attacked police stations, and stole food that had been provided for the Germans by peasants.
Mira Schelub in family portrait, Bagastein, Austria, 1947
While working with the partisans, Mira met her husband Nochim, who was the leader of the group. Nochim had first been in a mixed group run by Russians. However, anti-Semitism was common among the non-Jewish resistance fighters, and so he decided to form his own unit though he still continued to coordinate activities with the Russians.
In Miraís group, women comprised about a quarter of the partisans. They did the cooking, took care of the laundry and provided other vital support.