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Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust

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The book examines the origins of human supremacy, describes the emergence of industrialized slaughter of both animals and people in modern times, and concludes with profiles of Jewish and German animal advocates on both sides of the Holocaust.

ETERNAL TREBLINKA describes disturbing parallels between how the Nazis treated their victims and how modern society treats animals.

Paperback, 312 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Lantern Books
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Kai Schreiber
May 17, 2016 Kai Schreiber rated it really liked it
When I added this book to my reading list, I deleted the notification Goodreads had sent to Facebook. I did this in part because I knew that the comparison might be upsetting people, and likely lead to "well, I knew it, animal protection people are all nuts, so I'll discount everything they're saying, phew, nom, nom"-thought cascades. And I did not want to risk triggering those reflexes with a book that couldn't stand up to scrutiny. But it can and now I do risk that.

I doubt this review will be
Oct 21, 2014 Rok rated it liked it
Shelves: animal-rights
A very disturbing book that shocks you out of the state of numb ignorance.

A great quote from the book:
'Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they're only animals.'
Theodor Adorno
Oct 17, 2007 Melanee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This book gave some of the greatest arguments against the murder of animals for human consumption. Eternal Treblinka takes you through a methodical treatment of how hypocritical it is to condemn murder when millions of living beings are killed every year in our towns.
Jan 15, 2008 Rick rated it really liked it
Jarring, eye-opening stuff. Holocaust comparisons are almost universally shunned, often for good reason, and this could have been as trite as a PETA ad. Yet the devil's in the details -- the animal husbandry backgrounds of prominent SS leaders, for instance; the close readings of Isaac Bashevis Singer; the profiles of survivors who went on to work on animal issues.

Five centuries before the birth of Christ, Pythagoras wrote, "So long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other." Shocking e
May 17, 2012 Lyn rated it it was ok
The title of this book is taken from Isaac Bashevis Singer's famous quote and the theme of the book is, to quote, that "throughout the history of our ascent to dominance as the master species, our victimization of animals has served as the model and foundation for our victimization of each other. The study of human history reveals the pattern: first, humans exploit and slaughter animals; then, they treat other people like animals and do the same to them."
This is an interesting thesis and there a
Jan 16, 2015 Dave rated it it was ok
The connection between the treatment of animals and the treatment of people is an important topic but this book is basically just a bad piece of vegan propaganda. I should probably start by saying that I'm not some right-wing Christian patriot or dogmatic free-market fundamentalist or something. I do get these problems. I hate industrial farming, vivisection labs, circuses, zoos, the way environmentalists routinely tranquilize wild animals to measure their genitals (because clearly lack of data ...more
Misha Fredericks
Dec 20, 2014 Misha Fredericks rated it really liked it
An excellent book. For anyone who cares at all about animals, please read this book.

The atrocities perpetrated on the innocent during Nazi Germany continue daily for millions of sentient beings around the world. Eating the flesh and secretions of animals or using any part of their bodies makes one complicit in the horrors experienced by small, innocent, defenseless sentient beings in concentration camps (a.k.a. slaughterhouses.)

I won't even feed my pets animals any longer. There are several ex
X Colton X
Mar 03, 2016 X Colton X rated it really liked it
I know this book has incredible potential to be extremely polarizing, considering that the title alone is drawing a metaphor between animal suffering and the Holocaust, a comparison that is pretty controversial and more than a little condemning, and that condemnation is not without merit. But regardless, this book goes into great detail about the legacy of domestication and livestock farming, a legacy that includes slavery. For that alone, this book is worth reading. I don't think that this book ...more
Dec 11, 2008 Brian marked it as to-read
Shelves: speciesism
When I first saw the title I rolled my eyes and thought of Godwin's Law, but reading the actual description has opened my mind quite a bit...
Raluca Sandu
Aug 07, 2016 Raluca Sandu rated it it was amazing
La première fois que j'ai vu quelqu'un faire une comparaison entre la Shoah et la maniere dont on traite les animaux non-humains, c'était au tout début de mon véganisme. La comparaison m'avait dérangée et j'avais décidé de l'ignorer et de ne pas m'attarder dessus.

La deuxième fois j'ai vu cette comparaison abordée dans le livre de T. Lepeltier, "La révolution végétarienne". Il disait qu'en comparant deux choses, on n'affirme pas que ces choses sont identiques, mais on souhaite mettre en avant leu
Oct 03, 2014 Sancho rated it really liked it
What a good read!

Patterson uses a daring approach to the mistreatment of animals. In fact, his book was rejected by some editors because it was "too heavy." He describes the disturbing similarities between the emergence of the food (animal) industry and the Nazi methods for exploiting and eliminating their "enemies."

What I found very interesting was the author's discussions about how humans have degraded animals to a very low level. In fact, in everyday's language humans use animal names to insu
Luthien Michaelis
Apr 05, 2011 Luthien Michaelis rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
"Zauzimite strane. Neutralnost pomaze tiraninu, nikad zrtvi. Tisina ohrabruje mucitelja, nikad onog koji je mucen." Elie Wiesel

" Jednog dana unucad ce nas pitati: Gdje ste bili tijekom holokausta zivotinja? Sto ste ucinili protiv tih uzasnih zlocina? Necemo im moci i drugi put ponuditi istu izliku- da nismo znali." Helmut Kaplan

" Harman je u mislima slavio misicu koja je podijelila s njim dio svog zivota i zbog njega napustila ovaj svijet: Sto oni znaju- svi ti znanstvenici, svi ti filozofi, sve
Sawyer X
Apr 26, 2015 Sawyer X rated it it was amazing
A someone who visited Treblinka, and a grandfather who escaped Treblinka, I found this a crucial read.

No other book covers the history of people's treatment of each other and its relationship to our treatment of animals. It is a hard read, but it is worth every word.
Derek Prine
Feb 28, 2014 Derek Prine rated it really liked it
Lots of history and interesting facts. Would like to see an updated version with more modern studies comparing the mindsets of Nazi soldiers from the holocaust to slaughterhouse workers and the meat industry. Over all, pretty eye opening.
Jan 30, 2011 Peacegal rated it really liked it
While Eternal Treblinka was not as earth-shattering for me as some reviews have positioned it, it was the most emotionally difficult book I’ve ever read.

Atrocities against victims human and otherwise are catalogued, in their many manifestations throughout history. This isn’t the sort of book to read if you still harbor a rosy view of the implicit goodness of humanity, especially when in a place of power. The voices raised against the tremendous cruelty and injustice seem but a mouse’s squeak ove
The title of this book is one that can quickly turn someone off to reading it but the content is absolutely important. It does an excellent job highlighting how US eugenics movements and the implementation of assembly lines for product production and nonhuman animal exploitation inspired and was used as a model for what was done to humans. The first half is a bit of a theory and history lesson and the last half is Jewish folks from a variety of backgrounds discussing how animals fit into their u ...more
Grazia Parolari
Dec 09, 2013 Grazia Parolari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Da ebreo cresciuto in un quartiere pieno di sopravvissuti dell'Olocausto e di gente che ha perduto i suoi cari, non penso di banalizzare il loro dolore.Ma non sono forse i macelli, gli allevamenti intensivi e i laboratori di ricerca,cosi' accuratamente nascosti alla nostra vista,le Auschwitz di oggi? Dolore, violenza e sofferenza non sono piu' accettabili solo perche' inflitti ad animali innocenti invece che a persone innocenti" Steward David
Jun 29, 2007 Zoë rated it did not like it
Shelves: history-class
I didn't like this book. I understood Charles Patterson argument, but I still think it is pretty inappropriate to compare the treatment of animals to the Holocaust... BUT, if you read it, you must remember that he is not comparing the atrocities of the Holocaust to the treatment of animals, he is comparing the mindset that drives both.
Jan 14, 2014 Lunaria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ethology
Just READ IT!!!
May 29, 2014 Wiebke added it
I am really looking forward to this one. I was dipping in and out of it already today and found some very interesting parallels. Added bonus: Mine was used and came signed by the author which was a nice surprise.
Aug 06, 2011 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, animals
Quite vivid and descriptive text. Yet another very disturbing and depressing story.
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