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This true story of World War II starts in the Lithuanian ghetto of Vilna, where a small band of underground Jews fights with unending cunning and courage. At the heart of this resistance are Abba Kovner, a fiery poet and leader, and two fearless teenage girls, Vitka Kempner and Ruzka Korczak. When the ghetto is liquidated, these three flee to the forests and fight alongside Russian and Polish partisan groups—dynamiting bridges, derailing trains, and destroying power plants and waterworks. Their actions eventually lead them down a winding path to Palestine, where a struggle for independence awaits the weary yet fiercely indomitable avengers.
It is a side of the war not often seen—Jews fighting Nazis on their own terms. It is also the story of three remarkable people able to call themselves comrades, lovers, friends. Riveting and poignant, 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.
“A tremendous story.”—The Washington Post
“Fascinating... His language is spare and muscular, his descriptions evocative, his technique suspenseful. He is moved by this story and he moves us.”—The New York Times Book Review