December 6, 2022

ANIMAL RIGHTS AND THE HOLOCAUST

Efforts of radical animal rights activists to assert a moral equivalence between the slaughter of animals and the Jewish Holocaust continue. The book Eternal Treblinka, by Charles Patterson, is being published in Japanese next year. It has also been published in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Hebrew. The book’s title is taken from a comment by Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, "In relation to [animals], all people are Nazis; for the animals, it is an eternal Treblinka."

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 describes the emergence of humans as the "master species" and how they came to dominate the earth and its other inhabitants. The second part examines the industrialisation of slaughter of both animals and humans in modern times. The last part profiles Jewish and German animal advocates whose links to the Holocaust prompted them to get involved in animal liberation advocacy.