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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nechama Tec Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464274
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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 Jews, 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 duel 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most elevating and inspiring stories in the chronicle of death and despair that is the Holocaust…an accomplished and startling work of Holocaust documentation.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Powerful and meticulous…Defiance must be cherished.”

    New Republic

  • “We are again in the debt of Nechama Tec for offering us yet another unforgettable account of heroic Jewish survival in the midst of untold death and destruction with Defiance.”

    Jewish Spectator

  • “Suspenseful and inspiring.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stefan Rudnicki proves himself equal to the challenge…Rudnicki’s clear presentation helps the listener navigate the densely packed historical material. One of his greatest strengths is his ease with the language of the story’s setting. His pronunciation of names and his use of the slightest of accents when rendering the passages of dialogue are completely authentic and comfortable. The material itself is riveting.”

    AudioFile

  • “Powerful…A remarkable story of a great leader, as well as of a neglected aspect of WWII.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “An exciting story of rescuers and fighters—a story that should have been documented years ago…Defiance will no doubt engender further interest in the subject of Jewish partisan activity.”

    Social Education

  • “Rudnicki does an excellent job narrating this sometimes harrowing tale, able to switch from one accent to another, one language to another with ease. Highly detailed with the minutiae of everyday life, this won’t have broad appeal, but for the interested, it is an eye-opening account of a relatively little-known movement.”

    SoundCommentary.com

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellis | 12/23/2013

    " This book tells the story of an amazing group that sought to save Jews during WWII. Surprisingly, the narrative wasn't terribly gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hermien | 9/27/2013

    " Very interesting, especially the logistics of feeding and clothing everybody and the rivalries between the various partisan camps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merrylinn | 9/26/2013

    " I don't know how I missed this story in my history studies. I am so anxious to get my nose back into the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zipora | 9/21/2013

    " I read the book AFTER I saw the movie. Of course, the book was much better. Very real but also unbelievable...says a lot about heroism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 2/9/2013

    " Awkwardly written, but the subject matter transcends style. Mind-boggling account of a Jewish partisan unit in Belorussia during World War II. The group not only survived (amazing enough) and participated in the resistance but built a mobile town, a civilization, in the forest. Incredible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulacameron | 12/21/2012

    " Tough Jews evade the Nazis during WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/11/2012

    " Truly amazing story that should be far better known but not the most compelling writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desi | 11/19/2011

    " Okay, so I actually only skimmed this one. I wanted to learn more about the story, but the author was really bad at building a comprehensible narrative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 10/15/2011

    " Interesting but seemed very repetitive. Much more scholarly than I was expecting. Seems like 2 or 3 chapters would have been sufficient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Blake | 9/3/2011

    " One of a kind story of Jews saving Jews in the forest of Belorussia during the Nazi occupation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 2/20/2011

    " My family came from this part of Europe and I can't help but wonder if I had relatives that lived through this terrible time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 11/5/2010

    " Reads like a documentary.

    Pros - Great topic. Well written. Solid research. Not overly graphic.

    Cons - Repetitive. Documentary format makes it difficult to feel connected to characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/25/2010

    " "The largest armed rescue of Jews by Jews during WWII. Freedom begins with an act of defiance." Better than the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 9/20/2010

    " The book is ALWAYS better than a movie.

    "for such a time as this"
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 9/1/2010

    " Interesting but seemed very repetitive. Much more scholarly than I was expecting. Seems like 2 or 3 chapters would have been sufficient. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 6/15/2010

    " This is the book of the film about 2 Polish Jews that rescued over 1200 jews from the Nazi extermination camps. The film was good but the book is even better. Courage, Selflessness, Joy, Generosity, and much much more. Read it and see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aspasia | 4/12/2010

    " Defiance the book goes into more detail than the movie about the day-to-day operations and social structure of those that lived within the Bielski otriad. Tuvia Bielski saved 1200 Jews from death by hiding in the Belorussian woods. A great story. "

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About the Author

Nechama Tec is professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut, Stamford. She is the author of six books, including In the Lion’s Den: The Life of Oswald Rufeisen, the winner of the 1990 Christopher Award; When Light Pierced the Darkness; and Dry Tears, a memoir of her experiences during the years of the Nazi occupation of Poland.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.