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  • Defiance: The Bielski Partisans

    By Nechama Tec

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780195376852
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: December 2008
    The prevailing, inherited image of European Jews during the Holocaust is that of the 'helpless victim.' But, in fact, many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich. Here, 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 WWII. The author reconstructs for the first time the amazing details of how these partisans and their families - hungry, exposed to the harsh winter weather - managed not only to survive, but to offer protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them. A major motion picture.
  • Defiance: The Bielski Partisans

    By Nechama Tec

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780195093902
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: December 1994
    The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust years is one of helpless victims under a death sentence, unable to fight consignment to the ghettos, to the camps, and to the gas chambers. In fact, many Jews struggled alone or with others against the terrors of the Third Reich, risking their lives against overwhelming odds for the slimmest chance of survival, or a mere glimpse of freedom. 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. Describing the entire partisan movement in the region, Tec shows that while most forest fighters in Belorussia were rifle-carrying young men, the members of 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, always on the lookout for German patrols--managed not only to survive, but to offer protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them. Driven by courage born out of despair, they dug wells, set up workshops to repair guns, made clothes, and resoled shoes, supplied services to other guerilla units, and even established a makeshift hospital and school in the forest. 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, and his journey from his life as the son of the only Jewish peasant family in an isolated rural village to his emergence as a leader possessing the charisma and courage to command under all but impossible circumstances. 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 against their former Jewish neighbors. Refusing to turn away the weak or the old for the sake of the survival of the larger group, Bielski would warn new arrivals to the forest, "Life is difficult, we are in danger all the time, but if we perish, if we die, we die like human beings." A scholar, a writer, and herself a Holocaust survivor, author Nechama Techas devoted the last two decades to studying the fate of European Jewry, recording rare but vital examples of human compassion, resistance, altruism and heroism in the face of overwhelming horror and despair. Drawing on wide-ranging research and never before published interviews with surviving partisans--including Tuvia Bielski himself two weeks before his death in 1987--she reconstructs here the poignant and unforgettable story of those who chose to fight.
  • Defiance: The Bielski Partisans; the Story of the Largest Armed Rescue of Jews by Jews During World War II

    By Nechama Tec

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780195075953
    • Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    • Published: August 1993
    Chronicles the activities of a group of Jewish partisans in Belorussia during World War II, who were responsible for the largest armed rescue of Jews by Jews
  • Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood

    By Nechama Tec

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780195035001
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: November 1984
    The author describes how her family escaped the Nazi destruction of the Polish Jewish community by pretending to be Christians and hiding out with Catholic families
  • In the Lion's Den: The Life of Oswald Rufeisen

    By Nechama Tec

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780195383478
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
    • Published: November 2008
    Recounts the story of Oswald Rufeisen, a Jew who was able to pass as Polish-German and who worked for the German police during World War II, enabling him to save other Jews
  • In the Lion's Den: The Life of Oswald Rufeisen

    By Nechama Tec

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780195039054
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: April 1990
    Recounts the story of Oswald Rufeisen, a Jew who was able to pass as Polish-German and who worked for the German police during World War II, enabling him to save other Jews
  • Resilience and Courage: Women, Men, and the Holocaust

    By Nechama Tec

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300093551
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: March 2003
    A collection of personal narratives, the fifth book on the Holocaust by the University of Connecticut sociologist, that examine the experiences of men and women in a variety of Holocaust settings: during the initial stage of German occupation and in the ghettos the Nazi concentration and death camps; the illegal Christian world; underground movements; and the forests. Professor Tee shoes how in each of these environments the women and men negotiated the rough terrain of a coercive and oppressive society. The Holocaust gender tapestry is complex, a condition this volume carefully illuminates in its varied strands. Notes, bibliography, index. 438p.
  • Resistance: Jews and Christians Who Defied the Nazi Terror

    By Nechama Tec

    Our Price: $27.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780199735419
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
    • Published: June 2013
    Nechama Tec's Defiance, an account of a Jewish partisan unit that fought the Nazis in the Polish forests during World War II, was turned into a major feature film. Yet despite the attention this film brought to the topic of Jewish resistance, Tec, who speaks widely about the Holocaust and the experience of Jews in wartime Poland, still ran into the same question again and again: Why didn't Jews fight back? To Tec, this question suggested that Jews were somehow complicit in their own extermination. Despite works by Tec and others, the stereotype of Jewish passivity in the Holocaust persists. In Resistance, Tec draws on first-hand accounts, interviews, and other sources to reveal the full range of tactics employed to resist the Nazi regime in Poland. She compares Jewish and non-Jewish groups, showing that they faced vastly different conditions. The Jewish resistance had its own particular aims, especially the recovery of dignity and the salvation of lives. Tec explores the conditions necessary for resistance, including favorable topography, a supply of arms, and effective leadership, and dedicates the majority of the book to the stories of those who stood up and fought back in any way that they could. Emphasizing the centrality of cooperation to the Jewish and Polish resistance movements of World War II, Tec argues that resistance is more than not submitting--that it requires taking action, and demands cooperation with others. Whereas resilience is individual in orientation, Tec writes, resistance assumes others. Within this context, Tec explores life in the ghettoes, the organizations that arose within them, and the famous uprising in Warsaw that began on January 18, 1943. She tells of those who escaped to hide and fight as partisans in the forests, and considers the crucial role played by women who acted as couriers, carrying messages and supplies between the ghetto and the outside world. Tec also discusses resistance in concentration camps, vividly recounting the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp uprising on October 7, 1944. The refusal of the rebel leaders to give information under unspeakable torture, Tec displays, was just one more of the many forms resistance took.Resistance is a rich book that forever shatters the myth of Jewish passivity in the face of annihilation.
  • When Light Pierced the Darkness: Christian Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland

    By Nechama Tec

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780195036435
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: January 1986
    Recreates, through more than five hundred case studies, the experience of hiding among Christians and profiles the motivations and actions of those Polish Christians who helped rescue persecuted Jews

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