Fugitives of the Forest: The Heroic Story of Jewish Resistance and Survival

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As the Second World War and the Nazi assault on Europe ended, some 25,000 Jews, entire families in some instances, walked out of the forests of Eastern Europe. For three years, these men, women, and children had miraculously survived—eluding Nazi hunts and Soviet, Polish, and Ukrainian partisans who often killed first and asked questions later. They had escaped from the Nazi ghettos and slave labor
camps and formed secret partisan camps in the surrounding forests. The forest not...

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Overview

As the Second World War and the Nazi assault on Europe ended, some 25,000 Jews, entire families in some instances, walked out of the forests of Eastern Europe. For three years, these men, women, and children had miraculously survived—eluding Nazi hunts and Soviet, Polish, and Ukrainian partisans who often killed first and asked questions later. They had escaped from the Nazi ghettos and slave labor
camps and formed secret partisan camps in the surrounding forests. The forest not only protected them, it also became their base for sabotage and resistance efforts against the Germans and their allies.

Based on extensive research and numerous interviews with the survivors themselves, Fugitives of the Forest tells the harrowing and heroic story of those who resisted amid such perilous conditions. Some may ask the troubling question: why did not more Jews resist? But the question author-historian Allan Levine poses in this riveting, award-winning book is more apt: how, under the circumstances, was any resistance possible at all? Among the stories in these pages that answer this question:

• 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 Schreiber

• The tragic resistance struggle of Dr. Yeheskel Atlas, who formed a partisan band to avenge his
   murdered family

• The bravery and resourcefulness of “Uncle Misha” Gildenman, whose partisans included the brave
   twelve-year-old Mordechai “Motele” Shlayan

• The tale of the Vilna ghetto

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Editorial Reviews

Peter Silverman

"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

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“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’s ambitious chronicle…meticulously researched…is a must read for those who wonder about organized Jewish resistance to the Holocaust.”
Globe and Mail

“[This] book justifies itself historically and morally. Levine’s sober tone is, after all, a retort to the livid obscenity of history."
Toronto Star

“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

Globe and Mail
Allan Levine’s ambitious chronicle…meticulously researched…is a must read for those who wonder about organized Jewish resistance to the Holocaust.
Globe and Mail
Toronto Star
[This] book justifies itself historically and morally. Levine’s sober tone is, after all, a retort to the livid obscenity of history.
Toronto Star
Winnipeg Free 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599214962
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,438,217
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet 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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As the Second World War and the Nazi assault on Europe ended, some 25,000 Jews, entire families in some instances, walked out of the forests of Eastern Europe. For three years, these men, women, and children had miraculously survived—eluding Nazi hunts and Soviet, Polish, and Ukrainian partisans who often killed first and asked questions later. They had escaped from the Nazi ghettos and slave labor
camps and formed secret partisan camps in the surrounding forests. The forest not only protected them, it also became their base for sabotage and resistance efforts against the Germans and their allies.

Based on extensive research and numerous interviews with the survivors themselves, Fugitives of the Forest tells the harrowing and heroic story of those who resisted amid such perilous conditions. Some may ask the troubling question: why did not more Jews resist? But the question author-historian Allan Levine poses in this riveting, award-winning book is more apt: how, under the circumstances, was any resistance possible at all? Among the stories in these pages that answer this question:

• 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 Schreiber

• The tragic resistance struggle of Dr. Yeheskel Atlas, who formed a partisan band to avenge his
   murdered family

• The bravery and resourcefulness of “Uncle Misha” Gildenman, whose partisans included the brave
   twelve-year-old Mordechai “Motele” Shlayan

•The tale of the Vilna ghetto
Read More Show Less

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