Defiance has ratings and reviews. Richard said: ‘Defiance’ just made it to the NY Times paperback best seller list even tho it came out more th. ORAL HISTORY REVIEW. DEFIANCE: THE BIELSKI PARTISANS. By Nechama Tec. N. York: Oxford University Press, pp. Hardbound, $2. Buy Defiance by Nechama Tec at or In this thoroughly researched history, Nechama Tec challenges the notion.

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Mature readers interested in Holocaust History. Tuvia was commander of the group, which was linked to Soviet partisan groups and struggled for existence from both Defiande and Nazi threats.

Tec brings to light the untold story of Bielski’s struggle as a partisan who lost his parents, wife, and two brothers to the Nazis, yet never wavered in his conviction that it was more important to save one Jew than to kill twenty Tc. The language is a bit heavy, but worth getting through. His selfless A very powerful and moving read Having enjoyed the film, my interest was piqued to read the book; I wanted to learn more about the Bielski Otriad and its formation and time in the forest.

Defiance: The Bielski Partisans

Eluding the Enemy 9: Bielski, though dedicated to his cause of helping people incapable of rendering him like service—women, the very old, and the very young—, struggled to make sure that everyone was looked after equally.

Want to Read saving…. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The sensitivity of Mia’s performance was especially meaningful to me. Led by the oldest brother, Tuvia, the partisan group had grown to more than 1, Jews by the time Russian forces liberated them in Time and perspective have, as one may guess, tarnished my view of those films. It saddens me that this glimmer of hope during one of the darkest times in the world’s history was not covered in any of my history classes during high school or college.


Belarus cost the Nazis the War! Aug 29, Meaghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Defiance by Nechama Tec. The world I had immersed myself in through countless interviews and archival expeditions had miraculously sprung to life before my eyes.

Tec presents the life warts and all, even presenting detail about how the locals felt about the partisans. Describing the entire partisan movement in the region, Tec shows that while most forest fighters in Belorussia were rifle-carrying young men, the members of this extraordinary community included both men and women, some with weapons but mostly unarmed, ranging from infants to the elderly.

This reminds me of The long walk: I found this category interesting, I liked this category and I will continue to read more that will fit into this category in the future.

I wish I could like it more, but too many things were disappointing from a moral standpoint.

DEFIANCE by Nechama Tec | Kirkus Reviews

May 22, Barbara rated it it was amazing. It is fascinating to learn how the group survived living off the land and stealing from nearby farmers and peasants.

Instead, she presents us with a history of the activities of the Bielski brothers, headed by the charismatic Tuvia Bielski, which resulted in the saving of around 1, Jews who spent the latter part of WW2 hidden in nomadic villages in the forests of western Belorussia.

Despite this, the book is very good. She wanted the world to know that there was a man who achieved something extraordinary, and a group of individuals who struggled through desperate circumstances, and rather than resorting to survival of the fittest, they practiced a radical breed of compassion, and lived to tell the tale. This book was set is Belorussia. It felt dry and factual – reading at times more like a history book than being in the lives of the partisans experiencing their hardship, fear and drive to survive.


How such confluences occur remains a mystery to me. Refusing to turn away the weak or the old for the sake of the survival of the larger group, Bielski would warn new arrivals to the forest, “Life is difficult, we are in danger all the time, but if we perish, if we die, we die like human beings.

I expected it to be more of a story about what had happened in The Bielski otraid and the exper I decided to read Defiance because last year I saw the film version of it and I enjoyed the film even though it was sad and found the film very interesting.

At the end of the war the community had grown to over men women and Children. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. It’s not a story as such, more of a factual book based on interviews with people that went through this.