The Avengers : a Jewish war story /

"In 1944, a band of Jewish guerrillas emerged from the Baltic forest to join the Russian army in its attack on Vilna, the capital of Lithuania. The band, called the Avengers, was led by Abba Kovner, a charismatic young poet. In the ghetto, Abba had built bombs, sneaking out through the city...

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Main Author: Cohen, Rich. (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Vintage Books, 2001.
Edition:1st Vintage books ed.
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Main Author:Cohen, Rich.
Summary:"In 1944, a band of Jewish guerrillas emerged from the Baltic forest to join the Russian army in its attack on Vilna, the capital of Lithuania. The band, called the Avengers, was led by Abba Kovner, a charismatic young poet. In the ghetto, Abba had built bombs, sneaking out through the city's sewer tunnels to sabotage German outposts. Abba's chief lieutenants were two teenage girls, Vitka Kempner and Ruzka Korczak. At seventeen, Vitka and Ruzka were perhaps the most daring partisans in the East, the first to blow up a Nazi train in occupied Europe"--Jacket.

Rich Cohen, author of the acclaimed Tough Jews , again narrates a little-known episode of Jewish history, this time altering what we thought we knew about the Holocaust.

Abba Kovner, Vitka Kempner, Ruzka Korczak-comrades, lovers, friends. In the Lithuanian ghetto of Vilna, they were the heart of a breathtakingly courageous underground movement, and when the ghetto was liquidated, they fled to the forests and joined other partisans in continued sabotage and resistance. Riveting, poignant and uplifting, The Avengers is a powerful exploration of resistance and revenge, of courage and dedication, and an inside look at some of the intrepid individuals who fought against the Holocaust and the nazi occupation of Europe.

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Physical Description:261 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-[254]) and index.
ISBN:0375705295 (pbk.) :
9780375705298 (pbk.)
Author Notes:

Rich Cohen has written for The New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine, among many other publications. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and recently cowrote a filmscript. He lives in New York City.

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