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ETERNAL TREBLINKA: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust
by Charles Patterson, Ph.D.
Lantern Books, New York, 2002
ISBN: 1-930051-99-9
http://www.EternalTreblinka.com & http://www.powerfulbook.com


More Translations in 2007 for Internationally Acclaimed Book ETERNAL TREBLINKA

"ETERNAL TREBLINKA: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust" -- the highly acclaimed, controversial book by American author Charles Patterson -- is fast becoming an international sensation. Already published in Israel, Germany, Italy, Poland, Croatia, and the Czech Republic, in 2007 the book will also be published in France, Spain, Japan, and Portugal.

(PRWEB) February 22, 2007 -- ETERNAL TREBLINKA (ISBN 1-930051-99-9) continues to attract international attention. In 2007 it will be published in four more languages--Portuguese, Japanese, French, and Spanish.

It has already been translated and published in Israel, Germany, Italy, Poland, Croatia, and the Czech Republic. Serbian, Slovenian, Russian, and Arabic translations are also in progress.

In 2005 a jury of 30 of the Germany's leading scholars and media figures chose "Für die Tiere ist jeden Tag Treblinka" (ISBN 3-86150-649-1), the German edition of ETERNAL TREBLINKA, as one of the country's ten most important non-fiction books. It was honored alongside books about Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and World War I by Sachbücher des Monats, sponsored by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Buchjournal, Börsenblatt, and Norddeutscher Rundfunk.

The website of Prijatelji Zivotinja (Animal Friends Croatia) in Zagreb, where the Croatian edition was published in 2005, describes ETERNAL TREBLINKA as follows: "The book that breaks all taboos. The book that fires up controversies all over the world."

The book's title comes from the Yiddish writer and Nobel Laureate, Isaac Bashevis Singer, to whom the book is dedicated. He was the first major modern author to describe the exploitation and slaughter of animals in terms of the Holocaust. "In relation to them, all people are Nazis," he wrote, "for animals it is an eternal Treblinka." (Treblinka was the Nazi death camp north of Warsaw.)

ETERNAL TREBLINKA examines the common roots of animal and human oppression and the similarities between how the Nazis treated their victims and how modern society treats the animals it slaughters for food.

The first part of the book describes the emergence of humans as the "master species" and how we came to dominate the earth and its other inhabitants. The second part examines the industrialization of slaughter of both animals and humans in modern times, while the last part of the book profiles Jewish and German animal advocates on both sides of the Holocaust, including Isaac Bashevis Singer himself.

The American edition, published in 2002 by Lantern Books in New York, is now in its second printing.

http://www.EternalTreblinka.com

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING--

"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

"A must read! -- how mistreatment of animals leads to the dehumanization and extermination of people as 'mere animals.' Well-written and respectful of both Judaism and the Holocaust." --Rabbi Yonassan Gershom

"There are good books...entertaining, useful, informative; great books...whose message reveals a fundamental truth previously unknown or overlooked; and important books...that can save lives and ameliorate suffering: Eternal Treblinka is all three." --Satya Magazine, New York City.

"The moral challenge posed by Eternal Treblinka turns it into a must for anyone who seeks to delve into the universal lesson of the Holocaust." --Maariv (Israeli newspaper)

"Important and timely...written with great sensitivity and compassion. I hope that Eternal Treblinka will be widely read." --Martyrdom and Resistance (Holocaust publication)

"Thorough and thought-provoking book" --Ha'aretz (Israeli newspaper)

"It is seldom that such a comprehensive work of scholarship springs from a heart of compassion in the service of a noble and necessary idea. All the ingredients of your thesis--that the oppression of animals serves as the model for all other forms of oppression--have been available to thinking people for generations, but it remained for you to pull them together." --Helen Weaver, author of The Daisy Sutra

"I urge you to read Eternal Treblinka and think deeply about its important message. " --Dr. Jane Goodall

"...promises to be one of the most influential books of the 21st century." --Dr. Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns

"It grips like a thriller." --The Freethinker (UK)


 

 

Eternal Treblinka and Moral Dilemmas - opinion, October 2006

FOREIGN TRANSLATIONS

Eternal Treblinka Released in Japan - September 2006

France and Spain are the latest countries to translate and publish
Eternal Treblinka: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/6/prweb403714.htm

Italy: Un�eterna Treblinka
Editori Riuniti, Rome, Italy

"You must read this carefully documented book"--La Stampa (for full review, see below)

Germany: Ewiges Treblinka (click the navigational bar link, above)
Zweitausendeins Versand Dienst GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Poland: Wieczna Treblinka
�Vega!POL� Publishing House, Opole, Poland
http://www.vivapol.most.org.pl/publikacje.htm

Czech Republic: Vecna Treblinka: Nase zachazeni se zviraty a Holocaust
Publishing House Prah, Prague, Czech Republic


REVIEW EXCERPTS
Major Israeli newspapers:
* "A thorough and thought-provoking book"--Ha'aretz
* "The moral challenge posed by Eternal Treblinka turns it into a must for anyone who seeks to delve into the universal lesson of the Holocaust."--Maariv

The Freethinker (United Kingdom):
* "Eternal Treblinka disturbs us because (inevitably though tactfully) it holds up to us, its readers, a clear mirror to look at ourselves anew...It grips like a thriller."

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What They Are Saying--

"Charles Patterson's book will go a long way towards righting the terrible wrongs that human beings throughout history have perpetrated on non-human animals. 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
 
"There are good books...entertaining, useful, informative; great books...whose message reveals a fundamental truth previously unknown or overlooked; and important books... that can save lives and ameliorate suffering: Eternal Treblinka is all three."
    --Satya Magazine, New York City

"Important and timely...written with great sensitivity and compassion...I hope that Eternal Treblinka will be widely read."
    --Martyrdom and Resistance (Holocaust publication)

"...promises to be one of the most influential books of the 21st century."
    --Dr. Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns

"Every so often a book is written that has the potential to make an incredible difference. Eternal Treblinka is one such book."
    --N. Glenn Perrett

"It is seldom that such a comprehensive work of scholarship springs from a heart of compassion in the service of a noble and necessary idea. All the ingredients of your thesis--that the oppression of animals serves as the model for all other forms of oppression--have been available to thinking people for generations, but it remained for you to pull them together."
    --Helen Weaver, author of The Daisy Sutra

"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

"Powerful, moving, gut-wrenching, brilliant--destined to be a classic"
    --Aviva Cantor, journalist and author

"This book is going to change the world."
    --Albert Kaplan, Albert Kaplan & Co., Johns Island, SC
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Interviews with the author can be found at
http://www.powerfulbook.com/interview.html

The story behind the book can be found at http://www.independentpublisher.com/index.lasso?-database=18news.fp3&-layout=iparticle&-response=art.lasso&-recordID=38927&-search

"The Great Divide: Animals and the Holocaust"--a feature article by Charles Patterson based on his book Eternal Treblinka--is in the current May/June issue of Tikkun Magazine

To contact the author, write to him at eternaltr@earthlink.net

Representative at Frankfurt Book Fair (October 8-13 2003)--Bob Erdmann, Columbine Communications & Publications, Fortuna CA, USA Email: BobErdmann@aol.com  Tel: 707-726-9200

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       Review of Un�eterna Treblinka in La Stampa
             June 9, 2003  [translated from Italian]

The Original Idea of an American Shoah Scholar: Many Nazi leaders came from the food industry

It�s a Short Way from the Slaughterhouse to the Holocaust by Jaopo Iacoboni

Programmed slaughter of calves and other animals viewed as the theoretical and historical basis for the extermination of the Jews

It might just be a coincidence but: Rudolf Hoss, the commander of Auschwitz, owned a butcher shop; Willi Mentz, one of the most ferocious guards at Treblinka, milked cows for a living; Kurt Franz, the last commander at Treblinka, was a butcher; Karl Frenzel, who fueled the ovens first at Hadamar and then at Sobibor, was a butcher; Heinrich Himmler, the designer of the Shoah, conducted eugenic testing on his chicken farm. As Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno put it: �Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a
slaughterhouse and thinks: they�re only animals.� Someone has taken Adorno seriously.

The person is Charles Patterson, professor at Columbia University of New York and the International School of Holocaust Studies of Jerusalem. His thesis is as simple as it is provocative considering the equation it is based on and, paradoxically, considering the results it could lead to, i.e., that the early 19th century American slaughterhouses--programmed machines to kill cows, calves, and pigs for the food industry--is the theoretical and historical precursor--and perhaps symbol--of the Shoah.

The fact that one species (human) considers itself the �owner� of another (nonhuman) is the theoretical and practical basis for considering one race superior to another. In Patterson�s words: �[This book] examines how in modern times the industrialized killing of human and nonhuman animals is connected and how American eugenics and automated slaughterhouses crossed the Atlantic and found fertile terrain in Nazi Germany.�

The question is: Can animal advocacy go so far as to claim that the massacre of the animals [in the slaughterhouses] is the model for the extermination of the Jews [in the gas chambers]? Is comparing the killing of a person to that of an animal even conceivable? Do those who think it is, say so out of the irresistible lure of the politically incorrect and the devastating will to reverse everything, even logic?

To answer these questions, you must read this carefully documented book, which is anything but anti-Semitic--actually being full of citations from Torah and Talmud. The title, Un�eterna Treblinka (and subtitle The Massacre of the Animals and the Holocaust), Editori Riuniti, 321 pp., � 16) reflects the contents and spirit of a short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, �The Letter Writer.� The letter writer of the story observes: �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.�
 
Can this assumption be proved? Patterson points out that many high-placed Nazis were trained in the food industry. He recalls that the American Hitler admired the most, Henry Ford, got the idea for the assembly line from a visit to a slaughterhouse. He documents how the bureaucratic precision of certain places of evil such as Treblinka was achieved by using as models the efficient assembly lines devised for the mass killing of calves. He goes on to show how numerous survivors of the Shoah, having developed an �x-ray vision� for the suffering in others, have become environmental or animal advocates. And he dedicates a long excursus to Singer�s crucial suggestion that the aversion toward slaughter lies at the basis of a new, gentler, and more generalized coexistence.

Genesis tells us that �God gave man dominion over every living creature that crawls upon the earth� (and some environmentalists are convinced that these �fatal words� are responsible for the destruction wrought by Western civilization). But the Torah also says that animals must rest on the Sabbath, and in Isaiah we find the words �He who kills an ox is like he who kills a man.�

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