Emma Watson - IF NOT ME, WHO. IF NOT NOW, WHEN
If Not Now, When?
Based off a true story, a group of Jewish partisans fight the Nazis behind enemy lines during the final year of World War II. World War II is in its final throes. As the Nazis retreat from the Red Army, much of Europe is left in total devastation. Against this backdrop, the watchmaker Mendel, who lost his wife and entire village to the Nazis, meets Leonid, a teenage escapee from a concentration camp. Stranded behind German lines, the pair makes their way through a desolate landscape to join a group of resistance fighters intent on sabotaging the enemy and liberating Jewish prisoners. This is an essential book both for students and literary readers.
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It was like hurling tureens of porridge. The blows landed but a lot got spilled on the way. Behind the front, whichever direction it was moving, was the lunar desolation of the Ukraine, Byelorussia, Poland. Across it, like feral survivors on a burned-out planet, moved clumps and clots of stragglers, deserters, escaped prisoners, partisans and refugees. Levi is an Italian Jew who fought with the Partisans in Italy, was captured and eventually sent to Auschwitz. It was brilliant, grave and oddly sunny; certainly a masterpiece, possibly his masterpiece. Levi, like others who went through the horrors of the Holocaust, always confronts it, but in a special way.
earn your way to a free book! Based on a true story, If Not Now, When? chronicles their adventures as they wage a personal war of revenge against the Nazis.
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Who would divide the waters before the Jews of Novoselki? Who would feed them on quails and manna? No manna descended from the black sky, but only pitiless snow. Primo Levi was an Italian Jew, born in Turin in In , when the situation in the civilian world became impossible for Jews, he joined a partisan group in the mountains outside Turin, but was quickly captured by Fascist forces. He was held in an Italian internment camp before being shipped to the Auschwitz concentration camp in All depict with unsparing accuracy the horrors which he and tens of millions of others, Jewish and Gentile, had to endure as Europe descended into barbarism and anarchy.
If Not Now, When? The title is taken from a well-known rabbinical saying attributed to Hillel the Elder : "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself, what am 'I'? And if not now, when? The story follows a number of Jewish partisans and resistance fighters as they struggle to survive and sabotage the German war machine behind Nazi lines during World War II, starting in the western Soviet Union Byelorossiya and ending in Milan. The book's chief protagonist, Mendel Nachmanovich Dajcher, worked as a watch repairer before joining the Red Army , where he fought in the artillery.