Defiance: The Bielski Partisans
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Published: December 2008
- ISBN-10: 0195376854
- ISBN-13: 9780195376852
- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 2008
- Subject: JUDAICA-HOLOCAUST STUDIES
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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.
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