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Charles Patterson Discussing
Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust
Eternal Treblinka shows the common roots of Nazi genocide and modern society's enslavement and slaughter of animals. The title comes from Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, who wrote, "For the animals it is an eternal Treblinka." The book concludes with profiles of Jewish and German animal activists with links to the Holocaust.
"In his thoughts, Herman spoke a eulogy for the mouse who had shared a portion of her life with him and who because of him, had left this earth.
"What do they know--all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world--about such as you? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka."
--Isaac Bashevis Singer, "The Letter Writer"
I urge you to read Eternal Treblinka and think deeply about its important message.
--Dr. Jane Goodall
Compelling, controversial, iconoclastic...strongly recommended...a unique contribution.
--Midwest Book Review
Eternal Treblinka should be on every list of essential reading for an informed citizenry...for the compelling comprehensiveness of the life-and-death story it tells.
--National Jewish Post & Opinion
Charles Patterson, a social historian, Holocaust educator, editor, therapist, and author, is a graduate of Amherst College, Columbia University (Ph.D.), and the Yad Vashem Institute for Holocaust Education in Jerusalem. For many years he has reviewed books and films for Martyrdom and Resistance, published by the International Society of Yad Vashem. He reviewed major histories of the Holocaust by Yehuda Bauer and Martin Gilbert and films such as The Partisans of Vilna and The Wannsee Conference.
Dr. Patterson’s review essay--Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka--was included in A Legacy Recorded: An Anthology of Martyrdom and Resistance (Harvey Rosenfeld and Eli Zborowski, editors), which was dedicated to "the survivors of the Holocaust, whose Spirit and Soul are embodied in this book."
Dr. Patterson, who grew up in New Britain, Connecticut, now lives in New York City. He is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild, and the National Writers Union.
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