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June/July 2002
Animals and the Holocaust

Reviews of Eternal Treblinka


Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust by Charles Patterson (New York: Lantern Books, 2002). $20 paperback. 296 pages.

The Holocaust, short-hand for the historical and systematic eradication of European Jews perpetrated by the German government during the fist half of the 20th century, is a topic that most everyone has a decided view on and justifiable emotional reaction to. Animal agriculture, the expression used to describe the breeding and systematic slaughter of billions of animals for food, is also a topic that most people have a concrete and emotional understanding of.

Author Charles Patterson, in his new book Eternal Treblinka, examines certain aspects of these horrific issues together. This book is guaranteed to ruffle feathers. Because it addresses such complex and highly-charged issues, this book is destined to become required reading for most every animal advocate—whether or not you agree with its thesis. What follows is a series of reviews of Eternal Treblinka that we hope will spark discussion among Satya readers. We encourage readers to share their own thoughts about this subject via our Web site

Catherine Clyne


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