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Bielski Brothers True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis Saved 1200 Jews & Built a Village in the Forest

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ISBN13: 9780066210742
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It is one of the most remarkable dramas of World War II — untold until now.

In 1941, three young men — brothers, sons of a miller — witnessed their parents and two other siblings being led away to their eventual murders. It was a grim scene that would, of course, be repeated endlessly throughout the war. What makes this particular story of interest is how the survivors responded. Instead of running or capitulating or giving in to despair, these brothers — Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski — did something else entirely. They fought back, waging a guerrilla war of wits and cunning against both the Nazis and the pro-Nazi sympathizers. Along the way they saved well over a thousand Jewish lives.

Using their intimate knowledge of the dense forests surrounding the Belorussian towns of Novogrudek and Lida, the Bielskis evaded the Nazis and established a hidden base camp, then set about convincing other Jews to join their ranks. When the Nazis began systematically eliminating the local Jewish populations — more than ten thousand were killed in the first year of the Nazi occupation alone — the Bielskis intensified their efforts, often sending fighting men into the ghettos to escort Jews to safety. As more and more Jews arrived each day, a robust community began to emerge, a "Jerusalem in the woods." They slept in camouflaged dugouts built into the ground. Lovers met, were married, and conceived children. The community boasted a synagogue, a bathhouse, a theater, and cobblers so skilled that Russian officers would wait in line to have their boots reshod.

But as its notoriety grew, so too did the Nazi efforts to capture the rugged brothers; and on several occasions they came so near to succeeding that the Bielskis had to abandon the camp and lead their massive entourage to newer, safer locations. And while some argued in favor of a smaller, more mobile unit, focused strictly on waging battle against the Germans, Tuvia Bielski was firm in his commitment to all Jews. "I'd rather save one old Jewish woman," he said, "than kill ten Nazis."

In July 1944, after two and a half years in the woods, the Bielskis learned that the Germans, overrun by the Red Army, were retreating back toward Berlin. More than one thousand Bielski Jews emerged — alive — on that final, triumphant exit from the woods.

The Bielski Brothers is a dramatic and heartfelt retelling of a story of the truest heroism, a historic testament to courage in the face of unspeakable adversity.

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"This remarkable story would make a terrific movie....A story about heroes, and Duffy does a masterful job." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"A fascinating story!" Economist

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"An exciting, well-paced story about honor, courage and duty. An inspiration." Howard Blum, author of The Brigade

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"A novel telling a similar story would almost certainly be dismissed as outlandish, but Duffy's copious endnotes convincingly document the saga?s reality....A powerful recounting of a little-known story." Kirkus Reviews

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Dramatic, heartfelt, and beautifully rendered, this is the unbelievable story of a heroic partisan brigade formed by three Jewish brothers who defied the Nazis in the Belorussian forest. 16-page photo insert.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-297).

About the Author

Peter Duffy is the author of The Bielski Brothers. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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KIER8, December 13, 2009 (view all comments by KIER8)
Did you know that besides the Warsaw ghetto uprising, some Jews managed to sucessfully fight the nazis and survive WWII? "The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men" is the exciting story of these brave souls who kept about hundreds of Jews alive in the woods and attacted German troops. A major 2009 movie was based in part on this moving book by Peter Duffy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780066210742
Subtitle:
The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Saved 1,200 Jews, and Built a Village in the Forest
Author:
Duffy, Peter
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Jewish - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
150-101-622
Publication Date:
20030701
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.05 in 22.08 oz

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Product details 320 pages HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS - English 9780066210742 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This remarkable story would make a terrific movie....A story about heroes, and Duffy does a masterful job."
"Review" by , "A fascinating story!"
"Review" by , "An exciting, well-paced story about honor, courage and duty. An inspiration."
"Review" by , "A novel telling a similar story would almost certainly be dismissed as outlandish, but Duffy's copious endnotes convincingly document the saga?s reality....A powerful recounting of a little-known story."
"Synopsis" by , Dramatic, heartfelt, and beautifully rendered, this is the unbelievable story of a heroic partisan brigade formed by three Jewish brothers who defied the Nazis in the Belorussian forest. 16-page photo insert.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-297).
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