Tamara and Maria Osipova, Belarus

In Minsk, Belarus, Tamara, a student, joined a partisan group that worked to save Jews from the Germans and the Minsk ghetto. Tamara and her mother put their own lives at risk when they went into ghettos and rescued mothers and children. They often had to bribe officials to let the Jews go. After they smuggled the Jews out, the women hid them in their home. Maria was then responsible for obtaining forged identity papers while Tamara brought the women and children to partisans in the woods. Tamara and Maria saved many Jews without being caught and are now national heroes in Belarus.

Edited by Stephanie Surach

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