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The Bielski Brothers [Paperback]

Peter Duffy
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (USA); Reprint edition (26 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060935537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060935535
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 14.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The true story of three men who defied Nazis, built a village in the forest, and saved 1,200 Jews.

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IN THE LATER YEARS of the 1800s, Elisheva and Zusva Bielski, the grandparents of Tuvia, Asael, and Zus, settled on a plot of farm in the tiny village of Stankevich in the Belorussian region of tsarist Russia. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars utterly fantastic 22 May 2007
This is an awe-inspiring story of unbelievable courage. I would have sworn it was fiction had I not known it was a true story; that these three brothers managed to save over 1000 people in the forests of Belarus is simply amazing.

The author does an excellent job of portraying the Bielski brothers not as one dimensional "larger than life" figures, but as human beings with faults and failings. Still, it is a great tragedy that the brothers were never recognised as the accomplished heros they were; one of them died in the Red Army shortly after the camp was disbanded, and the other two died anonymous immigrants in the United States.

Even people who haven't the slightest interest in the Holocaust or in WW2 will be inspired by the amazing story in this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 15 Nov 2010
By Sus
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If you have read Defiance there is no need to read this book. It adds nothing and isn't as comprehensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jews Survive WWII In Forest Camps 21 Jun 2010
With WWII and Nazis, Germans and others advancing through Poland and Belorussia the local Jewish populations suffered persecution and executions on a massive scale. During the roundup of Jewish people some escaped into local forests to survive. This book tells the story of a community established by the brothers of the Bielski family; how they built camps, moved from place to place, set up workshops, organised employment, provided a haven for many, defended themselves and survived with about 1,200 people in number by the end of the fighting.
The book is a well written history for people of many ages to read with details on the Bielskis and what was going on generally within the area. Further notes at the back may be of interest for those who want to read more about the subject.

NOTE: This book by Peter Duffy is exactly the same as his other book "Brothers In Arms" with a different publisher. Don't buy them both unless you want more than one copy of the same book.
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It said it was a good book and he couldnt put it down. BTW this was for a grandparent who is very interested in History.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Hardly a plaque bears their names." 6 July 2003
When the Germans finally retreated from Belarus in the summer of 1944, almost twelve hundred Jewish survivors of the Holocaust shocked the world by materializing from the forest where they had lived in hiding during the German occupation. Tuvia, Asael, and Zus Bielski, three brothers, had managed to establish a well-organized community in the forest which lasted for almost three years, protecting hundreds of Jewish citizens while wreaking havoc on their German occupiers. Author Peter Duffy places this extraordinary story of survival in context by describing the Bielskis’ lives and achievements, quoting from Tuvia Bielski’s previously unknown journal, and revealing the sociopolitical history, including the anti-Semitism, of Belarus, a region south of Lithuania.
In establishing their forest community, open to all Jews, the Bielskis had to fight "wars" on four fronts: the immediate threat from the Germans and the local police; the danger from local peasants and collaborators; the suspicions of Soviet partisans who questioned whether the Bielskis were sufficiently dedicated to their cause; and most of all, internal dissension. This was no "utopian community of enlightened democratic and egalitarian governance," and many readers may cringe at the extremes to which the leadership occasionally resorted in order to eliminate dissension.
At its height, the forest village consisted of long, camouflaged dugouts for sleeping, a large kitchen, mill, bakery, bathhouse, tannery, school, jail, theater, and two medical facilities. Tailors, seamstresses, shoemakers, watchmakers, carpenters, mechanics, and experts in demolition provided the 1200-member community with necessary skills, and about sixty cows and thirty horses provided food and transportation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bielski Brothers 31 Dec 2013
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Bought this book for my son in law and it was exactly as he wanted. Delivery was on time. The book was as good as he expected it to be.
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