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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; Reissue edition (15 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599214962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599214962
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 775,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The remarkable story of Tuvia Bielski and his rescue of more than 1,200 Jews from a certain death - the subject of the major motion picture DEFIANCE, starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schrieber. --Globe Pequot Press

Allan Levine has written an important book...He tells the story of Jewish armed resistance in Eastern Europe very well. He weaves personal vignettes, often poignant into his narrative...His graphic and gripping account should ensure a wide readership. --Winnipeg Free Press

For those of us who participated in the events detailed in this book, its significance lies in the author s ability to chronicle our thoughts, our moods, our objectives, our tragedies, and our sufferings, as well as our hopes, dreams, and victories. --Peter Silverman, a former resistance fighter

Allan Levine has written an important book...He tells the story of Jewish armed resistance in Eastern Europe very well. He weaves personal vignettes, often poignant into his narrative...His graphic and gripping account should ensure a wide readership. --Winnipeg Free Press

For those of us who participated in the events detailed in this book, its significance lies in the author s ability to chronicle our thoughts, our moods, our objectives, our tragedies, and our sufferings, as well as our hopes, dreams, and victories. --Peter Silverman, a former resistance fighter

Allan Levine has written an important book...He tells the story of Jewish armed resistance in Eastern Europe very well. He weaves personal vignettes, often poignant into his narrative...His graphic and gripping account should ensure a wide readership. --Winnipeg Free Press

For those of us who participated in the events detailed in this book, its significance lies in the author s ability to chronicle our thoughts, our moods, our objectives, our tragedies, and our sufferings, as well as our hopes, dreams, and victories. --Peter Silverman, a former resistance fighter

About the Author

Allan Levine (born 1956) is a Canadian author from Winnipeg, Manitoba, known mainly for his award-winning nonfiction and historical mystery writing. As of 2004, Levine teaches history at St. John's-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg, and is married with two children. He is the author of five books of nonfiction and three books of fiction.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Allen on 25 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A great book to read for anyone who has seen the movie 'Defiance' and wants to find out more about the Jews in WWII or for anyone interested in personal stories during the war. Even my partner who teaches and is passionate about history learnt something from the stories and memories from the people quoted in this book! It will keep you hooked, but just a warning, some stories are most disturbing and horrific in detail at times, but without them being told, how will others learn the consequences.
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By phil hemmings on 7 Oct. 2013
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Amazing true story of peoples determination to survive - even against incredible odds, as with most stories its better than a film version.
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Review 19 April 2009
By Stephen Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book thinking it was the "Bielski Brothers" book that the movie was based on. It isn't, though they are mentioned repeatedly. Instead this is probably the best written overview of the evolution of the Jewish partisan movement in the east I have read. It is not limited to the Jewish participation; the author mentions frequently the Soviet Red Army and the Polish AK among others.

The descriptions of life in the forests and the toll it took on the people as they struggled to survive is excellent. To be a Jew in those days meant that even when you successfully escaped the ghetto, you were still fighting those who should have been your allies.

In reading this, the SS and German Police operations against them were seen in a new light for me. Hunted like deer, starving, women and children in tow, they found the forests of the east providing scant security. They fought back, despite the handicap of the lack weapons, and little official support from the Soviets. This a book about the survival of a people beset on many levels; Soviet policy, local hostility, and German determination to kill everyone of them.

A good read for those interested in this subject.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Riveting 14 April 2009
By Dianne Beck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fugitives in the forest covers so much more than the now famous Bielski brothers. It is a detailed discussion of the Jews and how they hid in the forest, how they interacted with the Polish gentiles and the escaped Soviet POWs and later the Soviet Partisans. This little publicized aspect of the Holocaust (until the movie Defiance brought it to the big screen) illustrates how Hitler was willing to spend manhours, manpower, resources and time to fight the dreaded Jews instead of focusing on the war. It is hard to believe that so few actually survived the forests and what they had to endure. It is also frightening to think that if Hitler hadn't been so set on eliminating an entire race of people he might have actually had a better chance of winning WW II. If you are at all interested in the Jews and their struggle or are a World War II buff I highly recommend this book. Although at times the names seem to run together and that so many of the recollections of massacre are the same, it is a riveting story that kept me glued to the pages til the very end and has wetted my appetite for even more facts from the eastern front.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
excellent book 13 Feb. 2014
By B. E. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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This true account of the survival of a handful of Jews during WWII in the forests of Hungry and Bulgaria truly amazes me. Remember the winters in Europe during WWII were brutal and these people survived Nazi's, Soviet troops, and Mother nature for 4 years. The Soviets were not as friendly as believed to these displaced Jews. In fact the Jews were expendable in the view of the soviets. They were given few rations and even fewer guns and ammunition. They didn't trust the Jews in the forest. A very remarkable book on how the Jews lived during the war and the leaders' decisions that saved as many as they could.
Bielski Brothers on the History Channel 14 Dec. 2014
By TNMTNHM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book was in better shape than originally described. I am very pleased- hard back book, the dust cover is in great shape. The book has no dog ears, and does not look like it was ever read.

Many thanks. This book goes with "The History Channel's Bielski Brothers (Jerusalem in the Woods)."

The movie "Defiance," is also about the Bielski Brothers. They made it though the critical phase of WWII. The younger Bielski Brother was later drafted by the Russian Army, and he was killed in a later combat action.

The older two brothers went by way of Israel, before coming to the U.S. and settling here in New York.

I have all three variances' now. I look forward to reading the book.
Very informative and engaging. 23 Dec. 2013
By ACMic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book for a paper in my European History class. Not only was it very informative, but written well. I would have enjoyed reading it even if I hadn't written a paper over it. A must-read for anyone interested in World War II, the Holocaust, or Jewish history.
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