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- DescriptionThe prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims, but in fact many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich. In Defiance, Nechama Tec offers a riveting history of one such group, a forest community in western Belorussia that would number more than 1,200 Jews by 1944-the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II. Tec reveals that this extraordinary community included both men and women, some with weapons, but mostly unarmed, ranging from infants to the elderly. She reconstructs for the first time the amazing details of how these partisans and their families-hungry, exposed to the harsh winter weather-managed t only to survive, but to offer protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them. Arguing that this success would have been unthinkable without the vision of one man, Tec offers penetrating insight into the group's commander, Tuvia Bielski. Tec brings to light the untold story of Bielski's struggle as a partisan who lost his parents, wife, and two brothers to the Nazis, yet never wavered in his conviction that it was more important to save one Jew than to kill twenty Germans.She shows how, under Bielski's guidance, the partisans smuggled Jews out of heavily guarded ghettos, scouted the roads for fugitives, and led retaliatory raids against Belorussian peasants who collaborated with the Nazis. Herself a Holocaust survivor, Nechama Tec here draws on wide-ranging research and never before published interviews with surviving partisans-including Tuvia Bielski himself-to reconstruct here the poignant and unforgettable story of those who chose to fight. "The saga of the Bielski partisans is one of the most elevating and inspiring stories in the chronicle of death and despair that is the Holocaust...Defiance is an accomplished and startling work of Holocaust documentation." --Los Angeles Times "Powerful and meticulous. This story is like almost other." --Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic
- Author Biography<strong>Nechama Tec</strong> is Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut, Stamford. She is the author of six books, including <em>In the Lion's Den: The Life of Oswald Rufeisen, </em> the winner of the 1990 Christopher Award, <em>When Light Pierced the Darkness</em>, and <em>Dry Tears</em>, a memoir of her experiences during the years of the Nazi occupation of Poland.
- PrizesShortlisted for Heathrow Travel Product Award: Travel Read, Non-Fiction 2009.
- Author(s)Nechama Tec
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2009
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note13 halftones, 2 line illustrations
- Weight476 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine30 mm
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