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Nd the pro Nazi sympathizers Along the way they saved well over a thousand Jewish lives Using their intimate knowledge of the dense forests surrounding the Belorussian towns of Novogrudek and Lida the Bielskis evaded the Nazis and established a hidden base camp then set about convincing other Jews to join their ranks When the Nazis began systematically eliminating the local Jewish populations than ten thousand were killed in the first year of the Nazi occupation alone the Bielskis intensified their efforts often sending fighting men into the ghettos to escort Jews to safety As and Jews arrived each day a robust community began to emerge a Jerusalem in the woods They slept in camouflaged dugouts built into the ground Lovers met were married and conceived children The community boasted a synagogue a bathhouse a theater and cobblers so skilled that Russian officers would wait in line to h. This book really does read like a non fiction thriller It was life affirming and heart breaking at the same time Given the knowledge of where the brothers settled in the later years of their lives reaffirms my awe and wonder at how sometimes hidden among ordinary neighborhood hidden behind ordinary jobs there might just be an incredible hero What I find wonderful about Duffy's account is that while some parts may be out of admiration recounted slightly fonder than they actually occurred there is little romanticization The survivors are portrayed as humans; exceptional in their bravery and compassion but humans none the less

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Ave their boots reshod But as its notoriety grew so too did the Nazi efforts to capture the rugged brothers; and on several occasions they came so near to succeeding that the Bielskis had to abandon the camp and lead their massive entourage to newer safer locations And while some argued in favor of a smaller mobile unit focused strictly on waging battle against the Germans Tuvia Bielski was firm in his commitment to all Jews I'd rather save one old Jewish woman he said than kill ten Nazis In July 1944 after two and a half years in the woods the Bielskis learned that the Germans overrun by the Red Army were retreating back toward Berlin More than one thousand Bielski Jews emerged alive on that final triumphant exit from the woods The Bielski Brothers is a dramatic and heartfelt retelling of a story of the truest heroism a historic testament to courage in the face of unspeakable adversit. I loved this book and loved learning about a really significant group of brothers who made such a difference I appreciated the fact that the author acknowledges the problems associated with the brothers too they aren’t angels they are real men and made some bad decisions but their actions saved over a thousand Jews Phenomenal

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The inspiring and harrowing true story of three brothers who established a hidden base camp in the Belorussian forest eluding the Nazi's extensive efforts to capture them In July 1944 after two and a half years in the woods than one thousand Jewish men women and children emerged from the woods triumphant and aliveIt is one of the most remarkable dramas of World War II untold until now In 1941 three young men brothers sons of a miller witnessed their parents and two other siblings being led away to their eventual murders It was a grim scene that would of course be repeated endlessly throughout the war What makes this particular story of interest is how the survivors responded Instead of running or capitulating or giving in to despair these brothers Tuvia Zus and Asael Bielski did something else entirely They fought back waging a guerrilla war of wits and cunning against both the Nazis a. I'm a big fan of narrative history and this book reminded me of why I love that genre so much The subtitle explains what the book is about and it always amazes me to discover the number of WWII heroes previously unknown to me The narrative is coherent and fast paced The description of the German atrocities in the Belarus region is unflinchingly horrific The book covers stories of individual and collective courage but also is a lesson in choices when the regular behavior norms and governance of a society are disrupted Some citizens show extraordinary bravery while others abandon their humanity and become willing participants in the Nazi machine The refugee society in the woods is itself far from Utopian and the decisions the brothers make to discourage dissension may be necessary but are also startling Men in Kilts parents and two other siblings being led away to their eventual murders It was a grim scene that would of course be repeated endlessly throughout the war What makes this The Killing Of Katie Steelstock particular story of interest is how the survivors responded Instead of running or capitulating or giving in to despair these brothers Tuvia Zus and Asael Bielski did something else entirely They fought back waging a guerrilla war of wits and cunning against both the Nazis a. I'm a big fan of narrative history and this book reminded me of why I love that genre so much The subtitle explains what the book is about and it always amazes me to discover the number of WWII heroes Birthday previously unknown to me The narrative is coherent and fast Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything paced The description of the German atrocities in the Belarus region is unflinchingly horrific The book covers stories of individual and collective courage but also is a lesson in choices when the regular behavior norms and governance of a society are disrupted Some citizens show extraordinary bravery while others abandon their humanity and become willing Discordia participants in the Nazi machine The refugee society in the woods is itself far from Utopian and the decisions the brothers make to discourage dissension may be necessary but are also startling

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