- The photograph depicts 17-year-old Brenda Senders, a Jewish partisan, holding a gun.
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Brenda Senders. I am giving this legacy in memory of my parents, my brother, my sister, and the rest of my family who perished so senselessly at the hands of the Nazis. But not only my family perished: over 16,000 people from my city and the surrounding small towns and villages perished as well. It is also in memory of their lives that I leave this legacy. I once promised my mother, who stood so helplessly against the machine guns holding her children, that if I ever lived I would fight forever so that evil would never happen again to our people, to any people, to no people. I have won, I have been victorious. Brenda Senders.
- Collection Creator
- Brenda S. Senders
Brenda Szyr Senders was born on Aug. 20, 1925, near Sarny, Poland. She was the eldest of four children (three daughters and a son). After the invasion of Poland in 1939, the Soviet Union occupied the region of Brenda's hometown. Though she witnessed the deportation of many anti-Communist Poles and Jews by the Soviets, life continued as normal for her until the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Almost immediately afterward, Jews were deported to ghettos. A ghetto was created in Sarny, and Brenda and her family were forced to move there. After being sent into hiding by her mother, Brenda was discovered by the Germans. She escaped, however, and fled to Belarus and eventually joined the partisans of General Naumov. She remained with this group until 1944 as a cavalry soldier. Of Brenda's family, she and one of her sisters survived; her mother, father, brother, and one sister died in the ghetto.
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- Holder of Originals
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Legal Status
- Permanent Collection
- Brenda Senders donated the material to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1991.
Created by unknown photographer, 1944. Carried by Brenda Senders throughout war.
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Also in Senders family collection
Contains photographs documenting the Senders family. Some of these materials may be combined into a single collection in the future.
Consists of pre-war, wartime, and post-war photographs of the family of Brenda Sheer (Szyr) Senders, originally of Sarny, Poland. Includes pre-war photographs of family members who perished during the Holocaust.