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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Drawing on wide-ranging research and never before published interviews with surviving partisans–including Tuvia Bielski himself two weeks before his death in nechamma reconstructs here the poignant and unforgettable story of those who chose to fight.

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I was really disappointed because a novel based on these events even if it used the direct quotes Tec received in her research would be really interesting and intriguing. But after four chapters I finally had to stop – it was so dry. If you are not careful you will read this, close the book, and think, “Oh well that was nice they helped those in need.

The story is truly inspiring and shows a different view than the one most often portrayed of helpless Jewish victims, unable, unwilling to fight the terrors of the Third Reich. The only person that readers seems to know is Chaja Bielski, possibly because of the Defiance paints a very good picture of what life as a partisan was like.

Mar 13, Emma Kelleway rated it really liked it. This is one of my favourite quotes because I think it shows what a good leader Tuvia was.

I admit my ignorance of such partisan groups performing guerrilla warfare and subsistence living in order to survive and of the Bielski Partisans in particular for trying to save as many Jews as possible, even if they came dressed in rags, with no food, money, or weapons. To Roland’s credit, he did tag on a caveat of my general tendency to be retiring and unobtrusive anyway.


The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims, but in fact many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich.

Defiance by Nechama Tec – book review

The group was on the move a lot, had to deal with conflict from within and eventually had to answer to leaders of Russian partisan groups. Tuvia was the commander of the Bielski otraid. Arguing that this success would have been unthinkable without the vision of one man, Tec offers penetrating insight into the group’s commander, Tuvia Bielski, and his journey from his life as the son of the only Jewish peasant family in an isolated rural village to his emergence as a leader possessing the charisma and courage to command under all but impossible circumstances.

The Big Hunt The story of Robin Bielski of Locksley Belarus is every bit as moving and insightful as I could have hoped. 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.

This book was about what happened in The Bielski otraid and the experiences of the Jewish people in it but it was written in facts and had extracts from the interviews that the author had had with the survivors of the Bielski otraid, these facts an interviews told the story.

And of course, the trickiest thing of all is discerning what is legitimate war fare, and what was outright theft, taking food from peasants in order to survive. Escapes from the Ghetto. So when Edward Zwick inquired about optioning Defiance my account of the “Bielski partisan” group operating in Poland during the second world war for the second time, I barely gave it a second thought. Th I should begin by saying I read this book because I recently rewatched the movie Defiance about the Bielskis and the Jews who hid in the forest.

I had an interview, taped, and in English he did not need to do that with Dr. I also was shocked how little I truly felt I knew about the Bielski partisans after reading the book.


Tec presents the life warts and all, even presenting detail about how the locals felt about the partisans. Impressive work by Nechama Tec-I learned a lot. I remember well the historical thrill of standing on the High Road to Moscow!

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 think this must be essential reading for anyone who comes to the history via the film.


It was a look that I’d never seen before. This is not a novelization of the movie, but an actual true story of the Bielsky brothers. And good to know nechams side of the story too. 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 Germans.

We know that the world is different from the one we grew up believing in, but our idealism and romanticism are stubborn. He felt it was more important to save one Jew tha I loved this book. Still, an interesting account of a community fighting for survival and many of them succeeding – a light in the otherwise darkness of Europe.

The fascination came from wanting to learn more about the formation, the every day struggle for survival, and the ins and outs of the “Forest Necnama and how they survived the war, evading their enemies. This edition of Defiance has been brought out to tie-in with the recently-released film starring Daniel Craig as Tuvia Bielski. I wished she had done this more often.