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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (719 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nechama Tec Narrator: Stefan Rudnick Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The 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.

This is the riveting history of one such group: a forest community numbering more than 1,200 that carried out the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II. Nechama Tec reconstructs the amazing details of how these men and women of all ages - hungry, largely unarmed, and exposed to harsh winter weather - managed not only to survive but to take on the dual role of fighters and rescuers. Under the guidance of their charismatic leader, Tuvia Bielski, they smuggled Jews out of heavily guarded ghettos, led retaliatory raids against Nazi collaborators, and offered protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bonnie | 2/6/2014

    " This is one of those rare books that I actually liked less than the movie. It is really a shame because I felt the story was as fascinating as Shindler's list. The author may be thorough in her research, but she is not a good storyteller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 1/15/2014

    " This book is about a group of Jewish partisans who worked to save Jews from the Nazis in (then) western Poland during WWII. Well researched, with many first had interviews, this book contains lots of great information about the lives of this groups leaders, the Bielski brothers, particularly Tuvia Bielski, the oldest and group commander, as they worked as resistance rescuing and protecting Jews from the Nazi's as well as Antisemitism from the local Belorussian peasants as well as their Soviet allies. The creation of a community as well as a resistance force when faced with so many obstacles is an important one that isn't often told, and as this book demonstrates the leaders of this group were even forgotten by some of those that they fought to protect. The author presented a balanced and factual account of the Bielski partisans, however her writing style was a little dry considering the material she had to work with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Masha K. | 1/14/2014

    " This is not a novelization of the movie, but an actual true story of the Bielsky brothers. The language is a bit heavy, but worth getting through. The book does not idealize the brothers, but shows them as real human beings, warts and all. I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture by Zus Bielsky's son, and he described his father and uncle as "tough guys and sometimes a-holes." Of course they would have to be such to pull off the amazing rescue of Jews right under the Nazi's noses, then protect them and maintain the tough discipline that was needed to survive. This is not a light read by any measure, but a worthy one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Loriflatland | 1/12/2014

    " this is a great story, wonderful people, neat pictures. if you saw the movie, this really fleshes out the true story of the people and how they lived in the forest. however, it is poorly written and structured, and the writing style at times distracts from the story. it is earnest and sincere and you can tell the author respects and cares about the subject however. read it for the information and appreciate the subject matter. "

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