More European Countries to Publish Highly Acclaimed American Book 'Eternal Treblinka'

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France and Spain are the latest countries to decide to publish the controversial book "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust." The internationally acclaimed book by author Charles Patterson has already been translated and published in Germany, Italy, Poland, Croatia, and the Czech Republic, and this month it was published in Israel as well. Portuguese and Serbian translations are also underway.

"Eternal Treblinka" (1-930051-99-9) is continuing to attract international attention.

The publishing house Calmann-Levy in Paris and Editorial Milenio in Lerida, Spain are the latest European publishers to decide to translate and publish the book.

The Pardes Publishing House in Haifa published the Israeli edition this week. This Hebrew translation is the book's sixth translation since the English edition was published in New York City in 2002.

Last winter a jury of 30 of the Germany's leading scholars and media figures chose "Für die Tiere ist jeden Tag Treblinka" (ISBN 3861506491), the German edition of Eternal Treblinka, as one of the country's ten most important non-fiction books. It was honored alongside books about Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and World War I by Sachbücher des Monats, sponsored by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Buchjournal, Börsenblatt, and Norddeutscher Rundfunk.

Favorable reviews of "Für die Tiere ist jeden Tag Treblinka" also appeared in Germany's two leading newspapers--Süddeutsche Zeitung and Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung--as well in Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, Nürnberger Nachrichten, Frankfurter Neue Presse, and other papers.

The website of Prijatelji Zivotinja (Animal Friends Croatia) in Zagreb, where the Croatian edition was published last year, describes Eternal Treblnka as follows: "The book that breaks all taboos. The book that fires up controversies all over the world."

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

Almost immediately after Lantern Books published the book in 2002, it began attracting the attention of foreign publishers, and soon translations were underway.

In April, 2003, the Roman publishing house of Editori Riuniti published the Italian edition (Un'eterna Treblinka), and the following month “Vega!POL” published the Polish edition (Wieczna Treblinka).

In September, 2003, the Publishing House Prah in Prague published the Czech edition (Vecna Treblinka), and in the fall of 2004 Zweitausendeins in Frankfurt am Main published the German edition.

Last winter in Zagreb the Genesis publishing house published the Croatian edition (Vjecna Treblinka). French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Serbian translations are also in the works.

What They're Saying:

"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

"You must read this carefully documented book" --La Stampa (Italian national newspaper)

"A must read! -- how mistreatment of animals leads to the dehumanization and extermination of people as 'mere animals.' Well-written and respectful of both Judaism and the Holocaust." --Rabbi Yonassan Gershom

"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)

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

"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

"Thorough and thought-provoking book" --Ha'aretz (Israeli newspaper)

"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

"Powerful, moving, gut-wrenching, brilliant--destined to be a classic" --Aviva Cantor, journalist and author

"...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, Albert Kaplan & Co., Johns Island, SC

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