New York, NY (PRWEB) March 5, 2009
Author Charles Patterson will talk about his book "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust" (ISBN 1-930051-99-9) on Wednesday, March 11. The Mid-Manhattan Library (NYPL) is located at 40th Street and Fifth Avenue. The talk begins at 6:30.
Eternal Treblinka (soon to be in 14 languages) shows the common roots of Nazi genocide and modern society's enslavement and slaughter of animals. The title comes from Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, who wrote, "For the animals it is an eternal Treblinka."
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 book concludes with profiles of Jewish and German animal advocates on both sides of the Holocaust, including Isaac Bashevis Singer himself.
Last year Eternal Treblinka was published in France, Serbia and Spain. It has also been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Polish, Czech, Croatian and Japanese. Russian, Slovenian and Portuguese translations are also on the way.
Praise for the Book--
"I urge you to read Eternal Treblinka and think deeply about its important message." --Dr. Jane Goodall
"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
"Compelling, controversial, iconoclastic...strongly recommended...a unique contribution." --Midwest Book Review
"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
"Kafka would have applauded Eternal Treblinka. It grips like a thriller." --The Freethinker, UK
About the Auhor--
Charles Patterson, a social historian, Holocaust educator, editor, therapist, and author, is a graduate of Amherst College, Columbia University (Ph.D.), and the Yad Vashem Institute for Holocaust Education in Jerusalem. For many years he has reviewed books and films for Martyrdom and Resistance, published by the International Society of Yad Vashem.
Dr. Patterson's review essay--"Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka"--was included in A Legacy Recorded: An Anthology of Martyrdom and Resistance (Harvey Rosenfeld and Eli Zborowski, editors), which was dedicated to "the survivors of the Holocaust, whose Spirit and Soul are embodied in this book."
Patterson grew up in New Britain, Connecticut, and now lives in New York City. He is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild, and the National Writers Union.
All NYPL programs are FREE and subject to last minute change or cancellation. The number of the library for more information is 212-340-0837.