“With courage shall we fight,” a line from one of Frances’ poems, is a fitting title for the memoir of Murray “Motke” and Frances “Fruma” Gulkowich Berger’s incredible story of survival. Miraculously, first individually and then together as fighters in the Bielski Brigade, they escaped from the Nazis and certain death and literally fought back, saving not only their own lives but those of others as well.
Their history was more than a story of survival during the Holocaust, of enduring the hardships of displaced persons, and of establishing themselves in a new country where they had arrived nearly broke and barely speaking the language. Theirs was a love story.
This memoir, in prose and poetry, will teach future generations about courage in the face of adversity and that the experiences of Holocaust martyrs and survivors must never be forgotten.