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Controversial American Animal Rights / Holocaust Book Published in Germany

"Für die Tiere ist jeden Tag Treblinka" ("For the Animals Every Day is Treblinka")--the German edition of the highly acclaimed American book "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust" by Dr. Charles Patterson--has just been published in Germany. It follows publications last year in Italy, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

(PRWEB) August 20, 2004 -- "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust" (New York: Lantern Books, 2002)--the groundbreaking book by historian and Holocaust educator Charles Patterson, Ph.D.--is fast becoming an international sensation, having just been published in Germany by Zweitausendeins in Frankfurt am Main.

Two years after its publication in the United States it has already been translated into five languages (Italian, Polish, Czech, German, and Croatian) with more publishers around the world considering it for publication.

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 a 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 human 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 it 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 Holocaust-connected Jewish and German animal advocates, including Isaac Bashevis Singer himself.

The Foreword is by Lucy Rosen Kaplan, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and a former attorney for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Almost immediately after Lantern Books published the book in 2002, it began attracting the attention of foreign publishers, and soon translations were underway.

In April, 2003, the Roman publishing house of Editori Riuniti published the Italian edition (Un'eterna Treblinka), and the following month “Vega!POL” published the Polish edition (Wieczna Treblinka).

In September, 2003, the Publishing House Prah in Prague published the Czech edition (Vecna Treblinka), which has been reviewed favorably by various leading publications, including the literature/history/arts magazine ALTERNATIVA, the quarterly DOKORAN, a bulletin of Czech Writers' Guild, and the LITERARNI NOVINY, the most important and widely read literary newspaper in the Czech Republic.

Eternal Treblinka has been translated into Croatian and will soon be published by the Genesis publishing house in Zagreb.

Publishers in Spain, The Netherlands, Norway, Chile, India, Israel, Romania, and Russia are also reviewing the book for possible publication.

At this fall's Frankfurt Book Fair (Oct. 6-11) the foreign rights for Eternal Treblinka will be offered at the booth of American agent Bob Erdmann (Hall 8.0 / Stand N-929).

What They're Saying--

"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

"The whole effect is a very powerful document...No one who reads this book will fail to be moved." --Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals

"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)

"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

"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

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

"You must read this carefully documented book" --La Stampa (Italian national newspaper)

"...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)

"This book is going to change the world."
--Albert Kaplan, Albert Kaplan & Co., Johns Island, SC

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