The defiant : a true story /
Shalom Yoran ; translated by Varda Yoran.
1st ed.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
293 p., [14] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1996-09-15:
Written 50 years ago in Israel and translated now into English from the original Polish, this Holocaust memoir is the personal account of Shalom Yoran, a young Polish Jew who fled eastward after the Germans invaded Poland in 1939. Shalom and his brother, Musio, joined a group of Partisans in the woods and fought against the Germans by mining and blowing up troop trains. Much of the book describes Yoran's defiance of the Germans (hence the title) after he experienced their brutish atrocities against his people in occupied Poland. Eventually, he joined the Red Army and at war's end settled in Israel. A valuable addition to Holocaust studies because of its vivid "I was there" content and style; for general readers.‘Robert A. Silver, formerly with Shaker Heights P.L., Ohio
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1996-07-15:
Yoran, a founding member of New York City's Museum of Jewish Heritage, spent his teenage years fighting alongside Soviet partisans in the forests of eastern Europe in WWII. His compelling Holocaust story begins in 1939, when he and his family fled their home in Poland, which was under German occupation. Yoran, his brother Musio and his parents lived safely in the Soviet-occupied eastern part of the country until 1941, when the Germans invaded that area as well and his parents were killed. In gripping prose, Yoran details how the brothers and several friends built a bunker in the woods, where they survived the first winter. They later joined various partisan groups and participated in blowing up German supply and communication lines. There are haunting accounts of the virulent anti-Semitism that Yoran encountered even among the partisans, as well as descriptions of the extraordinary courage displayed by Jewish resistance fighters. Photos. (Sept.)
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The German-Polish Warp. 3
The First German Occupationp. 17
Seeking Refuge Once Morep. 24
In Soviet-Occupied Territoryp. 33
Under the Germans Againp. 49
Unbridled Savageryp. 65
The End of Kurzeniecp. 77
In the Woodsp. 85
Preparing for a Harsh Winterp. 97
Hibernating in the Zemliankap. 109
Proving Ourselves to the Partisansp. 121
In the Jewish Otriadp. 131
The Oblavap. 141
The Partisans Gain Powerp. 153
The Jewish Support Groupp. 166
The Gvardia Mission Beginsp. 173
Into the Swampsp. 186
Playing the Enemyp. 191
Boria's Storyp. 198
Disrupting the German War Machinep. 203
Becoming a Red Army Soldierp. 216
The Polish Armyp. 224
Entering Germanyp. 239
Escaping Through Europep. 245
Under the Britishp. 253
In Palestinep. 268
Epiloguep. 275
Glossaryp. 279
Indexp. 281
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