Partisan activity marked in yellow as indicated by Don Felson
Don Felson was born in 1925 in Glubokie, Poland, a small town near Vilna. In 1941 the Germans blitzed Glubokie, taking over the town. A ghetto was soon established violently. Don, who was working in the German POW infirmary at the time, was spared from the first massacre by a sympathetic German doctor, who warned him not to return to the ghetto the night of the raid.
As Russian POWS began to escape from the camp where Don worked, rumors of partisan units hidden in the forests spread throughout the village. In the fall of 1942 Donís older
Don Felson while in the Russian Army
brother Stan convinced a Jewish partisan who was seeking recruits to accept him into the partisans, despite the fact that he had no experience and no weapon. Six months later Stan returned to convince Don he needed to leave the ghetto and join him in the partisans in order to survive. Stanís weight loss and disheveled appearance made Don skeptical.
At first he declined. But with his motherís urging, he agreed to join Stan, bringing his mother and brother with him. Mother and child were sequestered in a friendly village, while the teenagers went off to join the Panomorenko