As the summer has continued, Professor Hearst and I have made tremendous progress including identifying twenty-four sources we will be using to aid us in our research, we have gotten into contact with the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation to request assistance in contacting family members of Partisans and Partisans who are still alive today that may be willing to help us with our research, ordered two books: a memoir by a female partisan named Faye Schulman who photographed much of her experience during the resistance and the diary of Hannah Senesh, another female partisan who journaled her life before and during the resistance as well as her included poems and plays.
We have begun drafting the individual partisans we will be including in our project using the sources we have discovered and have faced difficulties in trying to contact family members of partisans; emails have bounced or gone unanswered.
Although we have faced challenges, we have also experienced success in communicating with the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation in regard to receiving assistance from them to contact partisan family members and partisans who are still alive today. This would be a great opportunity to receive new information to include into our project that has not been used before.
To this point, I have learned how courageous all of the resistance fighters were and that many Jews and non-Jews alike did fight against the Nazi regime, they did not sit around and wait to be arrested like many people today believe.
This project has impacted me enormously in the sense that I have learned so much more about World War II than I have ever thought I would and I have been able to read and watch firsthand accounts of the experiences of those who were apart of the resistance from different areas in Europe.