Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust

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Lantern Books, 2002 - Nature - 296 pages
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This book explores the similar attitudes and methods behind modern society's treatment of animals and the way humans have often treated each other, most notably during the Holocaust. The book's epigraph and title are from -The Letter Writer, - a story by the Yiddish writer and Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer: -In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.- The first part of the book (Chapter 1-2) describes the emergence of human beings as the master species and their domination over the rest of the inhabitants of the earth. The second part (Chapters 3-5) examines the industrialization of slaughter (of both animals and humans) that took place in modern times. The last part of the book (Chapters 6-8) profiles Jewish and German animal advocates on both sides of the Holocaust, including Isaac Bashevis Singer himself.

The Foreword is by Lucy Rosen Kaplan, former attorney for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and daughter of Holocaust survivors. Her foreword, the Preface and Afterword, excerpts from the book, chapter synopses, and an international list of supporters can be found on the book's website at: www.powerfulbook.com

 

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A surprisingly enjoyable book. It's grim fare, but seeing as how I was unaware of the book being loosely based on the writings of Isaac Bashevis Singer, one of my favorite authors, "enjoyable" it is ... Read full review

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Outstanding and very compelling. The author Charles Patterson does a brilliant job at exposing what humans often deny and avoid, the horrific attitude our species has towards those who are more helpless and powerless, by exploiting, enslaving and oppressing other sentient beings to death.
The similarities and principals of oppression, exploitation, enslavement and mass murder are the same whether they are imposed to humans or non humans. In suffering, we are all equals, human and non human alike.
Excellent reading and educational.
 

Contents

THE GREAT DIVIDE Human Supremacy and the Exploitation of Animals
3
WOLVES APES PIGS RATS VERMIN Vilifying Others as Animals
27
MASTER SPECIES MASTER RACE
51
THE INDUSTRIALIZATION OF SLAUGHTER The Road to Auschwitz Through America
53
IMPROVING THE HERD From Animal Breeding to Genocide
81
WITHOUT THE HOMAGE OF A TEAR Killing Centers in America and Germany
109
HOLOCAUST ECHOES
137
WE WERE LIKE THAT TOO HolocaustConnected Animal Advocates
139
THIS BOUNDLESS SLAUGHTERHOUSE The Compassionate Vision of Isaac Bashevis Singer
169
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOLOCAUST German Voices for the Voiceless
201
AFTERWORD
231
NOTES
233
BIBLIOGRAPHY
271
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
281
INDEX
283
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About the author (2002)

Charles Patterson is a social historian, Holocaust educator, editor, and therapist. He is the author of Anti-Semitism: The Road to the Holocaust and Beyond, The Oxford 50th Anniversary Book of the United Nations, The Civil Rights Movement, and From Buchenwald to Carnegie Hall (co-authored with Marian Filar). He is a graduate of Amherst College, Columbia University (Ph.D.), and the Yad Vashem Institute for Holocaust Education in Jerusalem. Dr. Patterson now lives in New York City. He is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild, and the National Writers Union.

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