The Bielski Brothers

The Bielski Brothers

The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built A Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews

Book - 2004
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In 1941, three brothers witnessed their parents and two other siblingsbeing led away to their eventual murders. It was a grim scene that would,of course, be repeated endlessly throughout the war. Instead of running orgiving in to despair, these brothers -- Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski -- foughtback, waging a guerrilla war of wits against the Nazis.

By using their intimate knowledge of the dense forests surrounding theBelarusan towns of Novogrudek and Lida, the Bielskis evaded the Nazis andestablished a hidden base camp, then set about convincing other Jews to jointheir ranks. As more and more Jews arrived each day, a robust communitybegan to emerge, a "Jerusalem in the woods."

After two and a half years in the woods, in July 1944, the Bielskis learnedthat the Germans, overrun by the Red Army, were retreating back towardBerlin. More than one thousand Bielski Jews emerged -- alive -- on that final,triumphant exit from the woods.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2004, c2003
ISBN: 9780060935535
Branch Call Number: 940.531832 BIE DUF
Characteristics: xiii, 302 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 20 cm


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Jun 03, 2013

If you like reading real accounts from survivors, this is a book for you. The details were very good, gruesome at times but it was during the Holocaust so...overall though it was informative and I liked to hear of the good stories that arose from the Holocaust. Not many people think of Jews finding love during this tumultuous time, but it did happen and that gives everyone hope.

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