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Miles Lerman describes partisan activities

Miles Lerman was a Holocaust survivor, partisan fighter in the forests of Poland, international leader in the cause of Holocaust remembrance, and a "founding father" of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


It was a time where life -- life wasn't worth much. But, you know, what you have to do, you have to do. When they started attacking Polish villages, we, with the Poles, started attacking Ukrainian villages. You know, I told you about this guy that came to me when I was on the -- when I was on the steamroller, Moishe Lot? He turned out to be one of the best sharpshooters that we had. A young fellow, you know, from a peasant family, small town, very small town family, and one time we had an encounter with the Ukrainian nationalists, with the Banderoftis. And he crawled out to very, very front, and killed their machine gunnist, and brought back a machine gun. Do you know what a machine gun meant to us? It was a fantastic thing, you know? So there were days of good feelings, and there were days of sad feelings.


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