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The Fall of a SparrowThe Life and Times of Abba Kovner$
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Dina Porat

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762489

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762489.001.0001

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In the Forest and with the Partisans

In the Forest and with the Partisans

“Of ten fingers, only the one left knows how to shoot!” October 1943–July 1944

(p.150) Nine In the Forest and with the Partisans
The Fall of a Sparrow
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This chapter discusses Kovner's role as commander of the Fareinikteh Partizaner Organizatzieh (United Partisan Organization, FPO). Kovner had to deal with a great many issues, over most of which he had only marginal control. First and foremost, amidst the tangle of national conflicts and interests that took no account of Jewish life, he had to keep the unit alive and preserve its Jewish identity, and had to maintain its status and resist anti-Semitism, which cost many lives and intensified feelings of isolation and of sharing a common fate. Kovner constantly needed to prove that Jews fought with no less bravery and were willing to make no fewer sacrifices—and perhaps even more—than non-Jews.

Keywords:   Abba Kovner, Jews, Fareinikteh Partizaner Organizatzieh, FPO, United Partisan Organization

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