The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
Publisher Information: New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company (2017)
Summary: Based on the experience of a real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazia at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezin ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take care of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.
Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.
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Links of Interest:
Author interview: HERE
Educator's guide: HERE
Oral history interview with Dita Kraus: HERE
Dita Kraus interview: HERE
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum: HERE
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