Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust Paperback – 1 Mar 2002
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Charles Patterson expands on Isaac Bashevis Singer's analogy that "for the animals, it is an eternal Treblinka." -- Publishers Weekly, November 26, 2001
From the Author
While in New York doing graduate work at Columbia University, I became close friends with a German Jewish refugee, traumatized by her experience of living in Nazi Germany for six years. Her story moved me deeply, so I took courses and read extensively to learn more. Yuri Suhl, author of They Fought Back: The Story of the Jewish Resistance in Nazi Europe, and Lucjan Dobroszycki of the YIVO Institute of Jewish Research, editor of The Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto, 1941-1944, were especially helpful.
Later when I became a history teacher and looked for, but could not find, a book on the background of the Holocaust suitable for my students, I wrote Anti-Semitism: The Road to the Holocaust and Beyond to fill the gap. The summer after its publication I attended the Yad Vashem Institute for Holocaust Education in Jerusalem, where I learned more from Yehuda Bauer, David Bankier, Robert Wistrich, and other Holocaust scholars. Back in the United States, I began reviewing books for Martyrdom and Resistance, a bimonthly now published by the International Society of Yad Vashem.
My awareness of the scope of our society's exploitation and slaughter of animals has been a more recent development. I grew up and spent most of my adult life oblivious to the extent to which our society is built on institutionalized violence against animals. For a long time it never occurred to me to challenge or even question it. The late AIDS and animal activist Steven Simmons described the attitude behind animal exploitation as follows: "Animals are innocent casualties of the world view that asserts that some lives are more valuable than others, that the powerful are entitled to exploit the powerless, and that the weak must be sacrificed for the greater good." Once I realized this was the same attitude behind the Holocaust, I began to see the connections that are the subject of this book.
I am dedicating the book to the great Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91), who was the first major writer to focus on the "Nazi" way we treat animals. The first two parts of the book (Chapters 1-5) put the issue in historical perspective, while the last part (Chapters 6-8) profiles people--Jewish and German--whose animal advocacy has been, at least to some extent, shaped by the Holocaust.
The conviction of Albert Camus that "it is a writer's responsibility to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves" helped me persevere through the writing of this book. And when it looked as if I might never find a publisher brave enough to publish it (some said the book was "too strong"), I took comfort from Franz Kafka's view: "I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us. If the book we are reading doesn't shake us awake like a blow to the skull, why bother reading it in the first place? So it can make us happy? Good God, we'd be just as happy if we had no books at all....A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us."
If the issue of the exploitation and slaughter of animals moves to center stage in the twenty-first century the way the issue of human slavery did in America in the nineteenth century--and I think it will--my hope is that this book will be in the thick of the debate.
-- from the PrefaceSee all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
It's a life changing book, and I don'y think it's possible to remain the same after reading Patterson's work.
It's a master piece among all books that analyse the humans - animals relationship and the animal rights issue.
After reading Eternal Treblinka It's easy to understand why Isaac B. Singer wrote that " when it comes to animals all men are Nazis. For them it's an Eternal Treblinka."
The subject matter is so profound, mans relationship with animals, and the dysfunctional nature of that relationship; presented with great clarity and authority, it challenges centuries of conditioning and blindness to the truth.
Others talk about this book as "life changing" and it is nothing less. Anyone who reads this book will experience a revelation in their attitude towards animals, humanity and the repetition of evil historic events.
Masterpiece is no overstatement, read it!
The book's note of moral anguish is quite incontestable, but the book doesn't really go further to explore a workable alternative vision. Clearly in nature, all creatures are kept in balance through a circle of predation. But predation does not require the transformation of farming and hunting into industrialized mass murder, where living creatures are reduced to products on an assembly line. Beyond that, we are fools to target whole species of undesired creatures for extermination through chemical or other weapons. We can treat our ecological community better than that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hitler declared, “He who does not possess power loses the right to life.” Nowhere has this belief found more fertile soil than in modern America, where every day millions of lambs,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Javid Ahmed
Everyone should read this book. It's totally heartbreaking though, to read what humanity does to it's fellow beings every second of everyday. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jennifer
I bought this book for myself as I am interested in animal rights. It was very interesting the it the author compares concentration camps with the slaughter houses. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2014 by Maria Tenor