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Eternal Treblinka Is Attracting International Attention
Eternal Treblinka -- the American Book Nobody Wanted -- Is Attracting International Attention

"Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust" by American author Charles Patterson is fast becoming an international sensation. Rejected by 83 American publishers before Lantern Books published it in New York in 2002, the book has now been translated and published in Israel, Germany, Japan, Italy, Poland, Croatia and the Czech Republic. By the end of the year it will be published in France, Spain and Portugal as well. Russian, Serbian, Slovenian and Arabic translations are also underway.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 26, 2007 -- Eternal Treblinka (ISBN 1-930051-99-9) continues to attract international attention. After it was rejected by 83 American publishers (some of them said it was "too strong") and was published in 2002 by Lantern Books in New York, it went on to be published in seven more languages -- Hebrew, German, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Croatian and Czech. It will be published in three more languages -- French, Spanish and Portuguese -- by the end of 2007. Russian, Serbian, Slovenian and Arabic translations are also in the works.

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.)

In February, 2005 a jury of 30 of the Germany's leading scholars and media figures chose "F�r 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.

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. The last part of the book profiles Jewish and German animal advocates on both sides of the Holocaust, including Isaac Bashevis Singer himself. 

Praise From Around The World --

"A thought-provoking masterpiece meticulously and brilliantly articulated." -- Dr. Ndubuisi Eke, Head, Department of Surgery, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

"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)

"I believe, along with many others, that your book is one of the most important books of the century." -- Tanja Tuma, publisher, Ljubljana, Slovenia

"A great book that catches the reader's attention right from the beginning. Charles Patterson has found the right balance to make his book perfect." -- Dr. Guido P. Lombardi, anthropologist, historian, Lima, Peru.

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

"Eternal Treblinka disturbs us because (inevitably though tactfully) it holds up to us, its readers, a clear mirror to look at ourselves anew....Kafka would have applauded Eternal Treblinka. It grips like a thriller." -- The Freethinker, UK

"Sure to provoke, stir the emotions, incite debate and perhaps after the soul-searching is done lead to a more humane world." -- Sukanya Datta, journalist, India

"The book does a perfect and professional job of showing the similarity between the mistreatment of people and of animals. It's written with great sensitivity. Will no doubt be a valuable addition to everyone's collection." -- Dr. Vugar Huseynov, Baku, Azerbaijan Republic.

"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, USA

"A very important achievement for animals and humans alike. Most probably your work will only be truly appreciated in years to come, but this is the fate of nearly all original and independent authors." -- Christa Blanke, Freiburg, Germany

"It's one of the few books which totally grabs the reader, not only while reading it, but afterwards also, and probably profoundly disturbs, shocks and destroys." -- Croatian philosopher Hrvoje Juric, Zagreb, Croatia

"Very well researched and written with great sensitivity...a compelling, useful and informative book, which I strongly recommend to others in sub-Saharan Africa." -- Professor P S Igbigbi, Head, Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, University of Malawi

"I have rarely read a book that made me cry. This one did. It truly is one of those books that you cannot put down. The message is haunting. The book is life changing. It has certainly changed my life. I have not stopped talking about this book. It is truly a superb work!" -- John Williamson, UK

"You must read this carefully documented book." -- La Stampa (Italian national 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, USA

"The book that breaks all taboos. The book that fires up controversies all over the world." -- Prijatelji Zivotinja (Animal Friends Croatia), Zagreb

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

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