The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews (Paperback)

The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews

By Peter Duffy

Harper Perennial, 9780060935535, 302pp.

Publication Date: June 15, 2004

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Description

In 1941, three brothers witnessed their parents and two other siblingsbeing led away to their eventual murders. It was a grim scene that would, of course, be repeated endlessly throughout the war. Instead of running orgiving in to despair, these brothers -- Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski -- foughtback, waging a guerrilla war of wits against the Nazis.

By using their intimate knowledge of the dense forests surrounding theBelarusan towns of Novogrudek and Lida, the Bielskis evaded the Nazis andestablished a hidden base camp, then set about convincing other Jews to jointheir ranks. As more and more Jews arrived each day, a robust communitybegan to emerge, a "Jerusalem in the woods."

After two and a half years in the woods, in July 1944, the Bielskis learnedthat the Germans, overrun by the Red Army, were retreating back towardBerlin. More than one thousand Bielski Jews emerged -- alive -- on that final, triumphant exit from the woods.



Praise For The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews

“Captivating...a welcome story of bold, determined, and successful resistance....[An] unjustly neglected story.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“As amazing as Schindler’s List.”
-People

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

“Fast-paced and deeply moving...inspiring in its representation of the heroism of ordinary people.”
-Washington Post

“An engrossing, inspiring narrative ... of an incredible victory amid an immeasurable tragedy.”
-Dallas Morning News

“A haunting book...with the grip of good fiction and the punch of hard truth.”
-Chicago Tribune

“An extraordinary story of resistance.”
-The Spectator

“Powerful! The strength of the human spirt shines on in [this] beautifully written book.”
-Paula Zahn, CNN Live from the Headlines

“Remarkable [and] surprising ... Duffy’s book is a gripping and overdue tribute to the brothers’ resourcefulness and courage.”
-London Times

“A fascinating story!”
-The Economist

“[A] dramatic and heartfelt story of unbelievable courage in the face of unspeakable adversity.”
-PW Daily

“Uplifting....A powerful recounting of a little-known story.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“A wildly daring, untold tale of resistance .... inspiring and harrowing.”
-Jewish Bulletin

“An exciting, well-paced story about honor, courage and duty. An inspiration.”
-Howard Blum, author of THE BRIGADE

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