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For many Jews in Belorussia, the partisan units fighting the Nazis were the only hope for survival or revenge. But many partisans harbored antisemitic attitudes and related to Jews accordingly. The official leadership of the partisan movement did little to prevent or stop this. After the war the Soviet authorities kept silent on the subject, and only the recent opening of archives has permitted historians to learn more about the experiences of Jews who fought in or interacted with the partisan movement.