Pictures of Resistance:
The Wartime Photographs
of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman

February 27 - April 24, 2013

February 2013 Media Release

For more information contact: Palma Corral 503-226-3600 ext. 101

or email



Exhibit features historic photographs of wartime resistance

(Portland, OR) – The Oregon Jewish Museum (OJM) at 1953 NW Kearney St. in Portland presents Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman from February 27 - April 24, 2013. The OJM will host an opening reception on Wednesday, February 27, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This exhibit will run concurrently with Sidonie Caron: We Are Our Brothers’ Keeper. Exhibition gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Museum admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and free for members and children under 12 accompanied by a parent or guardian 

Faye Schulman is the only known Jewish partisan photographer to take photos of the Jewish partisan resistance in Eastern Europe during World War II. Born in Lenin, Poland, Schulman was introduced to photography at the age of ten by her older brother, who ran the town’s only photography studio. In 1941, German troops occupied eastern Poland. As the only remaining photographer in the area, Faye’s skills made her valuable to the Nazis, and her life was spared.

Eventually escaping from the Germans, Schulman joined a Russian partisan brigade in the forests along the Polish-Russian border. The photographs she took during this time comprise Pictures of Resistance. Schulman’s powerful photographs document the camaraderie, horror, loss, bravery and triumph of the partisans. As notable for their artistry as for their historical content, these photographs represent an invaluable opportunity to learn about this oft-forgotten chapter of wartime history. 

In conjunction with Pictures of Resistance, the OJM presents two films that explore the Jewish wartime experience. The first, Defiance (2008), directed by Edward Zwick, will screen on Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m., and tells the story of Jewish brothers who become partisans in wartime Belarus. This screening is co-sponsored by Portland Hillel and the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, and admission is free. The second film, Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray (2011), directed by Jonathan Gruber, will screen on Thursday, March 14, at noon and 7 p.m. This first-of-its-kind documentary explores the experience of Jewish soldiers during the Civil War, a war that deeply split the Jewish community. Tickets are $10 for OJM members, $8 for the general public and $5 for students. Reservations for both films are recommended, and can be made at or by calling 503-226-3600.

 Pictures of Resistance is a traveling exhibit produced by the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation and curated by Jill Vexler.  It was made possible by Thomas and Johanna Baruch, the Epstein/Roth Foundation, the Purjes Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, the Holocaust Council of UJA Metro West, and Diane and Howard Wohl.


The Oregon Jewish Museum (OJM), conveniently located in Northwest Portland, is the Pacific Northwest’s only Jewish museum. The OJM examines and preserves the rich cultural heritage of one of Oregon’s earliest immigrant groups. The OJM is a community-wide gathering place, an important repository of communal history, the narrator of the story of the Oregon Jewish experience and the host of innovative traveling exhibitions. The OJM seeks to stimulate dialogue about identity, culture and assimilation, and to provide opportunities for Jews and non-Jews alike to understand the Jewish experience.

Faye, Morris Schulman and Her Two Brothers, Near Minsk, Fall, 1944, [Source: JPEF / A Partisan’s Memoir, Second Story Press]

Shish Detachment Field Operating Table, Forests around Pinsk, 1943, [Source: JPEF/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]

Partisans in the Forest, Forest near Lenin, 1943, [Source: JPEF / A Partisan’s Memoir, Second Story Press]

Faye with Old Friends, Forest near Lenin, Winter, 1944, [Source: JPEF / A Partisan’s Memoir, Second Story Press]