The Librarian of Auschwitz

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 10 Oct 2017

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This was a fabulous read about a brave young girl not only defying the odds by surviving in a concentration camp but hiding books from the SS guards so that the prisoners in her section could continue to learn and hope. The book wasn’t just about Dita, the librarian of Auschwitz, there were other true stories interspersed throughout the story. There were the teachers that continued to teach the children, the infamous Dr. Mengle that performed horrible experiments on Jewish prisoners, and Rudi Rosenberg, a prisoner who attempts to escape. All these stories are true stories and are ingeniously woven together. As with most Holocaust stories, there are some tough parts to read, but I feel...

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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe tells the story of Dita Krauss, who acted as a librarian in Auschwitz (where books were forbidden), and how she coped. The story tell about the a harrowing look at what life was like in a concentration camp. Dita Kraus, a fourteen-year-old, is imprisoned at Auschwitz with her parents. In Auschwitz, Dita and her parents lived in the family camp, known as Block 31. Dita was put in charge of eight precious books smuggled inside. It was a small collection. some were stained. Some were falling apart at the spine. The books helped the prisoners hang on to their humanity. This book is an important work of historical fiction, detailing a dark time...

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The Librarian of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Dita Adlerova and her time in Auschwitz concentration camp. Dita was only nine years old when the war started and her family was forced to leave Prague for the Terezin ghetto and then Auschwitz. They were placed in the “family camp” of Auschwitz, an experimental camp set up for when Red Cross inspectors came. Dita became the librarian of the eight books smuggled into the camp and used to teach the children. This is primarily Dita’s story of survival, but it also touches on others in the camp. Freddy Hirsch is the director of the school in the family camp. He is a young German Jew struggling with the fact that he is a homosexual...

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The Librarian of Auschwitz is a beautifully written story of a teenaged girl, living in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Dita, a lover of books, volunteers to be the librarian at the camp where she is a prisoner. The roll of librarian gives her purpose and she is serious about keeping the precious few forbidden books safe. Her story is one of deplorable conditions and atrocities no child should ever witnesses. Even though she is only a teenager, she is a very important person to many in the camp. When things are worse than most can imagine, Dita risks her life to make things better for others. This was a difficult, heartwrenching story to read. The realistic, straightforward writing was graphic and...

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A heartbreaking and emotional insight into the Auschwitz concentration camp at the height of the Holocaust. Well-written and compelling, The Librarian of Auschwitz keeps you on your toes and fully engages your empathy for every character.
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As time passes and Holocaust survivors pass away, it becomes more and more important to pass on their stories. This does that and more.
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In short, a very powerful, multi-faceted story that I highly recommend for teens and adults. This is an amazing story that encompasses several themes. No matter how many stories about the Holocaust I read or hear, I will never stop being shocked at the horror, cruely, and depravity that went on during that period. This book clearly depicts that, yet it also shows some glimpses of "normal" life that went on even amidst the horror, such as the eternal conflict between teenagers who think they are ready to be adults and their parents who want them to stay children just a little bit longer, friendships, gossip, and even love blooming between young couples, daring to dream of a future even...

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Stories about Auschwitz and Nazi Germany are some of my favorite. Not because they are wonderful stories filled with happiness and joy, but because the reality of that situation is insightful and interesting to read about. Horrifying as well. The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe was fascinating. It was an inside look at the life of those who lived in the camps, dealt with the every day struggle of staying alive, and tried to find the small bright spots in a very gloomy world. Iturbe told a real life story in a way that read like fiction instead of documentary style. This real life experience Antonio went through was put into a story that anyone would find interesting to read...

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Iturbe, Antonio The Librarian of Auschwitz, 432 pages. Translated by Lilit Zekulin. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2017. $20. Language: R (25+ swears, 2 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (innuendos of prostitution); Violence: PG-13 (Holocaust tortures, deaths) When Dita and her family are moved from the walled Terezin ghetto to the barracks of Auschwitz, Dita finds a place for herself in Alfred Hirsch’s secret classes for the children of Auschwitz. Her job is to care for the eight printed books and the “living” books (teachers who can tell a vivid remembered story of a book) that the prisoners managed to sneak pass the guards. Interwoven with the story of Dita and the books are the atrocities and...

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The holocaust is always a difficult topic to talk about but it is a very important one that more students need to know about I feel. This book does a perfect job of making you feel for the main character and put you in the face of real events.
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The Librarian of Auschwitz – Antonio Iturbe (translated by Lilit Thwaites) You probs already know this, but I will read anything and everything about the events of WW2, the rise of the Nazis and the extraordinary bravery displayed by those that were persecuted under Hitler, so naturally when I saw this, I had to pick it up. Also, its a translation and I’ve never read anything that wasn’t originally published in English before. (At least I don’t think I have…) Based on the experience of 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...

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This was a very interesting and difficult story to read, because of the atrocities that Dita Kraus experiences. This is more than just a historical fiction novel there are frequent asides to elaborate on other events or famous prisoners/people who were near the events of this novel.
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The Librarian of Auschwitz is based upon a true story. I was truly moved by all that the prisoners had to endure. The story follows the life of Dita. A young woman who is selected to be the librarian of the eight books that the "school" possesses. And, then.. there are the living books. Teachers who vividly recall a book that they've read and re-read over the years and now, tell that story to the children in the "school" in Auschwitz. Dita is part of a special transport of Jews to Auschwitz. The Nazis are prepared to show the Red Cross at anytime.. that the Jews who are moved from their homes to the ghetto.. and then Auschwitz are still very much alive and living a normal life. Of...

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"The Librarian of Auschwitz" made me nauseous. I had to put the book down to stay sane at times. It made my skin crawl, my brain buzz, my very soul cringe. It did exactly what a book set in Auschwitz should do. Antonio Iturbe's book, previously published in Spain, came out in the US on October 10. There are some awkwardly-phrased pieces of dialogue because of the translation, but that didn't bother me much. At times, the fact that it's a translation helped -- it made me imagine the book was actually translated straight from German. That it's a diary rather than historical fiction. Iturbe's writing, even when translated from Spanish, is incredibly gripping. There are some advanced...

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First and foremost, many thanks go to NetGalley and the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for the chance to read this amazing ARC. The Librarian of Auschwitz recounts the real-life experiences of fourteen-year-old Dita Adlerova (now Dita Kraus) while she was imprisoned at the Auschwitz-Birkenau prison during World War II. During that time, she met Fredy Hirsh, a fellow Jew who was given the role of looking over the children in their camp at Auschwitz. And while he was told that he could not teach the children, Fredy chose not to abide by these rules. Upon meeting Dita in the camp, Fredy grew to trust her and asked that she take responsibility for the eight books that the prisoners of...

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Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read an eARC of this book. 📚The Librarian of Auschwitz comes out today (in English at least). The book tells the story of Dita, a 14 year old from Prague and then the Terezin ghetto, who is given the job of Librarian in the family camp at Auschwitz. In a place where books are as dangerous as weapons, protecting them is a dangerous task. 📚But, when everything else is taken, books and stories can give hope. 📚This is a fictional account based on actual events (be sure to read the author's notes), and the real people behind the story made it even more powerful.
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Dita Kraus was a real life Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoner at age fourteen. This book is based on her own experience. She and her parents were taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau where she met Freddy Hirsh, a Jewish leader. He asked her to be in charge of the eight books the prisoners hid from the guards, thus she became the librarian of Auschwitz. The accounts of the Jewish people of their experiences in the concentration camps are full of sadness and despair, yet hopeful. The fear and anguish and harrowing treatment is beyond cruel. Dita's story is of courage and hope and bravery. A very powerful novel. Thank you NetGalley for opportunity to read her story.
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This was a beautiful story that was very hard to read at some points, but certainly no less beautiful. It is a moving story of Dita, the Librarian of Auschwitz, and how she helped protect books during a terrible time in history.
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It's never easy to tell the grim tales of human reality. It never gets easier to read of the horrific things that happened during the Holocaust. It never feels like I can separate myself from the experiences back then by enough years. Every time I read a Holocaust story, it feels like it is too soon. This book is no exception. Grim yet hopeful, the tale of the Librarian of Auschwitz is one I was very interested in as an avid reader of books and librarian. It's raw and emotional. One wish: pacing is a little slow. I realize that is a reflection of life at a concentration camp. However, as a reader, it could really put some people off and cause them to not finish the book. I finished it...

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