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The Defiant: A True Story of Escape, Survival & Resistance

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While recuperating in a hospital after World War II, a Polish refugee wrote at length about his remarkable experiences in war-torn Europe. The Defiant , his memoir, is the account of a young man who refused to yield to the German onslaught and chose instead to become a Jewish resistance fighter. Chronicling the bravery of a small group of men and women who carried on a ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Square One Publishers (first published 1996)
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Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Defiant is the story of Shalom Yoran (born Selim Sznycer)

, and his time spent with the partisans fighting the Nazis in Poland. After three years on the run , with his family , from Nazi mobile killing units , the Nazi terror finally caught up with them and in the little town of Kurzeniec , 1 040 Jewish men , women and children where dragged from their homes and hiding places , murdered and burned. Included among those slaughtered where Selim's parents.

Selim and his brother escaped into the
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the war memoir of a Polish Jew who was 14 at the time the Nazis invaded Poland. His story begins at that point and then describes 3 years of his family's flight to escape the clutches of the occupiers. The mobile death squads finally catch up to his family one fateful night in a small town in northeastern Poland. Both Yoran's parents are killed, along with over 1,000 other Jews. Yoran and his brother escape. The last words from their mother was that they needed to survive to bear witness ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Found this extraordinary Holocaust memoir on Google Books... a personal narrative of Jewish resistance and survival. Not all the book is scanned, but begins with the massacre in the Ponari forest and most of the narrative is scanned from then on. The author filled notebooks while in hospital at the end of the war, and rediscovers them decades later. Edited by his wife, the memoir was finally published in 2003.

I found his story because of reading about the Ponari massacre here in June 2016:
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read numerous books and articles on the Holocaust, watched Spielberg’s Shoah and other documentaries, and still, I was unprepared for the depth of barbarity and inhumane behavior of the Germans, Poles, and other populations who actively aided and supported Hitler’s campaign against the Jews.
The depravity is brought home on an intimate level in Yoran’s autobiographical tale of how he and his brother escaped, joined the partisans, and exacted some modicum of revenge on the German war
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A raw book about human emotions and conflicts. In times of war, death and destruction are always so vivid and painstaking. Human characters and struggles are brought to the forefront. Sense and perception become awry. Time and faith in the goodness of human beings take on a surreal setting.
Samantha Allum
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From first word, to last word I literally couldn't breath. I think required reading by everyone..
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May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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