Fugitives of the Forest, by Allan Levine, subtitled 'The Heroic Story of Jewish Resistance and Survival during the Second World War'
Published by The Lyons Press in 2009, 414 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N4885)
Brand New Book
From the front inside fly leaf: 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 numerous interviews with the survivors themselves, this book tells the harrowing and heroic story of those who resisted amid such perilous conditions. They include the remarkable story of Tuvia Bielski and his rescue of more than 1,200 Jews from a certain death, the tragic resistance struggle of Dr. Yeheskel Atlas, the bravery and resourcefulness of Misha Gildenman, and the tale of the Vilna Ghetto.
Many of us will ask the troubling question: why did not more Jews resist? But the question should instead perhaps be: how, under the circumstances, was any resistance possible at all?