Defiance: The Bielski Partisans

By Nechama Tec
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

10.88 Hours 12/02/2008 unabridged
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The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims. But in fact, many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich. This is the riveting history of one such group, a forest community numbering more than 1,200 Jews, that carried out the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II. Nechama Tec reconstructs the amazing details of how these men and women of all ages—hungry, largely unarmed, and exposed to harsh winter weather—managed not only to survive but to take on the duel role of fighters and rescuers. Under the guidance of their charismatic leader, Tuvia Bielski, they smuggled Jews out of heavily guarded ghettos, led retaliatory raids against Nazi collaborators, and offered protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them.

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Summary

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The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims. But in fact, many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich. This is the riveting history of one such group, a forest community numbering more than 1,200 Jews, that carried out the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II. Nechama Tec reconstructs the amazing details of how these men and women of all ages—hungry, largely unarmed, and exposed to harsh winter weather—managed not only to survive but to take on the duel role of fighters and rescuers. Under the guidance of their charismatic leader, Tuvia Bielski, they smuggled Jews out of heavily guarded ghettos, led retaliatory raids against Nazi collaborators, and offered protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One of the most elevating and inspiring stories in the chronicle of death and despair that is the Holocaust…an accomplished and startling work of Holocaust documentation.” Los Angeles Times
“Powerful and meticulous…Defiance must be cherished.” New Republic
“We are again in the debt of Nechama Tec for offering us yet another unforgettable account of heroic Jewish survival in the midst of untold death and destruction with Defiance.” Jewish Spectator
“Suspenseful and inspiring.” Publishers Weekly
“Stefan Rudnicki proves himself equal to the challenge…Rudnicki’s clear presentation helps the listener navigate the densely packed historical material. One of his greatest strengths is his ease with the language of the story’s setting. His pronunciation of names and his use of the slightest of accents when rendering the passages of dialogue are completely authentic and comfortable. The material itself is riveting.” AudioFile
“Powerful…A remarkable story of a great leader, as well as of a neglected aspect of WWII.” Kirkus Reviews
“An exciting story of rescuers and fighters—a story that should have been documented years ago…Defiance will no doubt engender further interest in the subject of Jewish partisan activity.” Social Education
“Rudnicki does an excellent job narrating this sometimes harrowing tale, able to switch from one accent to another, one language to another with ease. Highly detailed with the minutiae of everyday life, this won’t have broad appeal, but for the interested, it is an eye-opening account of a relatively little-known movement.” SoundCommentary.com

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Author Bio: Nechama Tec

Nechama Tec is professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut, Stamford. She is the author of six books, including In the Lion’s Den: The Life of Oswald Rufeisen, the winner of the 1990 Christopher Award; When Light Pierced the Darkness; and Dry Tears, a memoir of her experiences during the years of the Nazi occupation of Poland.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English