SKALA PARTISANS (1942))
This photograph shows a group of young men from Skala who managed to escape the German invaders in 1942 and join the partisans in the Cyganow Forest just outside of Borszczow (a town northwest of Skala). They were among some 150,000 members of the resistance in what is now Ukraine and fought under the leadership of the famed Ukrainian underground leader Sidir Artemovich Kovpak.
From left to right, the heroic partisans from Skala are: Yitzkhak (surname unknown), Misza Ajzner [Misha Eisner], Miszka Zloczower [Mishka Zlochover], Jaszka Stoch [Yasha Stokh], Boris Zloczower [Boris Zlochover], Mendel Sofer [cousin of SRG researcher Martin Sofer], and Josef Kusilk.
Ukrainian resistance leader Sidir Kovpak and
his second-in-command Semyon Rudnev,
whose partisan unit the Skala fighters joined.