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A Walk In Their Shoes


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MARATHON (WAOW)-- The community of Marathon walks in the shoes of the men who saved hundreds of Jews during World War II. The Bielski brothers kept Jews alive by hiding them in the woods of Belarus. Tuesday night, one of their son's, Zvi Bielski, spoke to a group at Marathon High School as part of the speaker series A Walk In Their Shoes.

He talked about his father and uncles, and the experiences they had that became a book and then the essence of the 2008 film Defiance. Organizers say the reality Bielski provides with that period in history is what the series is designed to do.

"To have somebody who was either there or have a family member that knows the insides to the story allows the kids and the community to say, 'Oh yeah, that is when Zvi came. Now, I remember that,'" said organizer Colin Hanson.

The Bielski brothers powerful legend gave hope to Belarusian Jews and put fear into the hearts of Hilter's troops. As the war progressed, the brothers saved more than 1200 Jews from extermination. Today, hundreds of families owe their existence to the brothers. It's estimated some 20,000 people exist today because of their courageous actions. Bielski gives another speech Wednesday night at Wausau East High School at 7 p.m. 














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