- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 47 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 31, 2009
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: A&E Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Selection
- Interactive Menu
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Three of World War II's unsung heroes - the Russian brothers Asael, Tuvia, and Zus Bielski - get their due in this amazing History Channel special. As the Nazis closed in on their home town, the Bielski brothers took to the woods, where they quickly created a haven for escaped and rescued Jews. The hidden forest refuge offered amazing amenities, including a theater company, a synagogue, and a bath house, all created by the Bielski's to provide comfort and joy to their fellow fugitives. BIELSKI BROTHERS features interviews with Holocaust survivors who knew the men, and recreates their courageous endeavor to salvage their community.
Description by New Video Group:
During the darkest hours of World War II, three Russian brothers achieved the impossible: they transformed persecution and violence into an incredible tale of affirmation and survival. Living in the Soviet Republic of Belorussia, Tuvia, Asael and Zus Bielski fled to the woods to escape the Nazis. There they built an elaborate village for rescued Jews. The forest haven included a bakery, communal bath, synagogue, and even a theater company. Although they mounted guerrilla attacks against the enemy, their priority was saving their people. Tuvia often declared he would "rather save one old Jewish woman than kill ten Nazis."
The Bielskis saved 1,200 men, women, and children--easily the largest rescue of Jews by Jews during World War II--but until now their story has gone largely untold.
Including interviews with Bielski Brigade survivors in the United States, Israel, and Great Britain, HISTORY recognizes three of the greatest heroes of the Holocaust.