The life and legacy of partisan photographer Faye Schulman

Faye Schulman (Photo courtesy Moshe Lazebnik)

Faye Schulman lost most of her family in the Holocaust—her parents, aunts, uncle, two brothers and two sisters. But Schulman herself was spared because she was a photographer and had worked in her brother’s studio. She ended up living a life worthy of a Hollywood film, joining and living with a band of Russian partisan fighters in the woods. Schulman died at the end of April in Toronto at the age of 101. This week, her children are marking the traditional 30-day anniversary of her death, called shloshim.

On today’s episode of The CJN Daily, we hear from two writers about Schulman’s life and legacy. Ron Csillag, a reporter for The CJN, wrote her obituary and had met her briefly years ago; and Judy Batalion is a Montreal-born writer whose latest book, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, features Schulman among many other courageous women. Listen to the full episode in the player above.

What we talked about:

  • Wartime photographer Faye Schulman captured lives of the partisan resistance (
  • Learn more about Judy Batalion and find her books at
  • Judy Batalion is speaking on the evening of May 27 via Zoom to the Congregation Dorshei Emet synagogue congregation in Montreal. Get the access code at

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