American Writer Tells the Amazing Story of 'Eternal Treblinka,' the Controversial, Internationally Acclaimed Book That Nobody Wanted to Publish

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The current issue of American Writer (Journal of the National Writers Union, UAW/ALF-CIO) has an article -- "Self-publishing controversial books: the Eternal Treblinka story" -- about how the groundbreaking American book 'Eternal Treblinka' (1-930051-99-9) was turned down by 83 publishers before author Charles Patterson finally decided to publish it himself. Three years after its publication the book is now in seven languages (English, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Czech, and Croatian) with more translations on the way.

The Fall 2005 issue of American Writer (Journal of the National Writers Union, UAW/ALF-CIO) has an article -- "Self-publishing controversial books: the Eternal Treblinka story" -- about how the controversial, highly acclaimed book "Eternal Treblinka" (1-930051-99-9) was rejected by numerous publishers before author Charles Patterson finally decided to publish it himself.

Besides now being available in English, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Czech, and Croatian, "Eternal Treblinka" is also being used increasingly at the university level in humanities, social science, writing, and interdisciplinary courses where students find it "provocative," "compelling," and "inspiring."

Patterson spent three years writing the book while three agents took turns trying unsuccessfully to find a publisher for it. After it was turned down 83 times (several publishers said the book was “too strong”), Patterson was left with a manuscript that he couldn't get published.

“When it was obvious that nobody was interested in a book about the 'Nazi' way we treat animals,” says Patterson, “I decided I had no other choice but to publish it myself. Lantern Books in New York advised me how to go about doing that and became the book's distributor.

Almost immediately after the book's publication in 2002, it began attracting attention abroad, and soon translations were underway.

In 2003, the Roman publishing house of Editori Riuniti published the Italian edition (Un'eterna Treblinka), “Vega!POL” published the Polish edition (Wieczna Treblinka), and the Publishing House Prah in Prague published the Czech edition (Vecna Treblinka).

The German publisher Zweitausendeins in Frankfurt published “Für die Tiere ist jeden Tag Treblinka" (“For the Animals Every Day is Treblinka”) in the fall of 2004.

Early this year a jury of 30 of Germany's leading scholars and media figures chose the German edition as one of the country's ten most important nonfiction books, along with books about Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and World War I.

This year the Croatian edition (Vjecna Treblinka) was published by the Genesis publishing house in Zagreb. The website of Prijatelji Zivotinja (Animal Friends Croatia) describes 'Eternal Treblinka' as follows: "The book that breaks all taboos. The book that fires up controversies all over the world."

In Israel the Hebrew edition will soon be published by the Pardes Publishing House in Haifa.

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.)

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

What they're saying:

"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

"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)

"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

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

"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

"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, Johns Island, SC

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