Old City shopowner is descendent of 'Defiance' subjects

Barry Belsky has already seen "Defiance" twice, but the owner of Mr. Barstool (167 N. 2nd) will be among moviegoers who will catch the film, which opens today, over the weekend. The film, about three Jewish brothers who escape from Nazi-occupied Poland to join Russian resustance fighters, is based on Belsky's uncles Tuvia, Zus and Asael Bielski. Belsky says his uncles, who are played by Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell, are deceased but their youngest brother, Aron, who is also portrayed in the film, is still alive. Over the years their surname Bielski, became Belsky, as such alterations were common for many European Jews who emigrated to the United States. Belsky attended a screening for family in New York as well as another sneak preview there. He knew his late uncles well, he says. We plan to speak more at length tomorrow, so we'll update this post then.