Joshua Fishman was born in 1921 in Dubrovytsia (Dombrowitza), Poland. Following the outbreak of war in September 1939, Dubrovytsia was turned into a ghetto and Joshua and his family were placed on a transport to the camps but escaped and hid in the forest. Most of his family was killed while in hiding but Joshua and his mother survived by following a group of partisans. Towards the end of the war Joshua was drafted into the Russian army, which he deserted twice. He was arrested for desertion and served time in a Russian prison. When the war ended, he and his mother moved to the United States.
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