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The Librarian of Auschwitz
The Librarian of Auschwitz | Antonio Iturbe
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 imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezn 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 charge 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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LibraryCin
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Dita was a real person, and the author interviewed her. Many of the additional people were also real – a couple of additional people/situations the author included were people who escaped to try to get help. I quite enjoyed this one, and it was interesting to read about the Block 31 school, the “library”, and the escapees, none of which I‘d heard about before (that I recall).

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JulieHartman419
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"Auschwitz not only kills innocents; it kills innocence as well."
Wow! What a powerful line. I stopped and read it again two more times.

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MeganTurner
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Wow. This book was really harrowing. To sit and read what happened to so many Jewish people feels a little bit wrong. To just sit and read about everything that they went through and the horrifying conditions they were placed in makes me feel so devastated. Dita‘s story is that of an amazingly strong and defiant woman. This book will stay with me for a very, very long time. ❤️

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Burgoota
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Starting this gem today.

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“Throughout history, all dictators, tyrants, and oppressors, whatever their ideology—whether Aryan, African, Asian, Arab, Slav, or any other racial background; whether defenders of popular revolutions, or the privileges of the upper classes, or God‘s mandate, or martial law—have had one thing in common: the vicious persecution of the written word. Books are extremely dangerous; they make people think.”

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“Unlike many books of this genre, the cruelty and humanity are supplanted, not by innocence, but by the business of living.” https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/xi-4/9/ #YA

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Based on a true story. I stand in awe of the concentration camp prisoners who were so brave in such inhumane circumstances.

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“...this girl who has a battered present and a dark future.”

This is such a poignant turn of phrase to describe an Auschwitz prisoner. It struck me as being heart-wrenching & hopeless.

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ValerieAndBooks Nice cover and looks good, too— stacking. 2mo
Hollie @ValerieAndBooks it‘s pretty good, but not a page turner like I expected. The story is incredible but sometimes the writing seemed stunted- but it may just be the translation. (It was originally written in Spanish.) 2mo
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For someone who doesn‘t read many YA books, I‘m on a roll. This is my second in a row. I‘ve seen many positive reviews about this one. The premise is intriguing.

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If you are considering these books, I recommend The Librarian of Auschwitz hands down.

Book 254/265 9/9/19

#20booksby2020

Cinfhen Good to know and I like the hashtag 2mo
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I bought this book in the train station in Krakow, while I was waiting to catch the train to Warsaw. I needed a new book and this seemed like an appropriate one to read while I was in Poland. It is based on the fascinating true story of Dita Krauss, who became a guardian of books while imprisoned in Auschwitz.

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jedi1215
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Favorite book so far this year. #mbcreadathon #mbcfrogsread12

megnews Glad to hear that because I‘m just starting it. 3mo
elyseh Entered! 3mo
Readswithcoffee I just picked this up at the library yesterday. It is next on my list! 2mo
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Based on a true story, the main character is a Polish Jew who ends up in Auschwitz with her mother and father. There are a few hidden books in a school for children. Dita is the keeper of these forbidden items. The story has many characters and is difficult to sometimes remember who is who. However, as with many Holocaust books, it shows amazing resilience which always makes for a good read. A plus is the theme about the importance of books!

IvoryLunatic I was really confused for a second because I only looked at the picture and was like “that‘s not the tattooist of auschwitz that I just read!” when I read your description. Haha 3mo
NovelNancy That's because I posted the wrong book cover! I read two books about Auschwitz closely together - The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Librarian of Auschwitz. 3mo
NovelNancy Should be fixed now! Sorry for the confusion 3mo
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the_next_chapter101
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If you loved The Nightingale, Lilac Girls or All The Light We Cannot See then you will surely love this! I highly recommend!

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AngelaMarie
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I'm just about to start this book and was wondering has anybody read it and what your thoughts are (without spoilers 😅)? It seems to be very popular at the moment so I wanted to give it a go.

Oana7 I've read it and I can say it was a wonderful book. I recommended it to my students also and they loved it too. It really is a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐📙 4mo
AngelaMarie Thank you @Oana7. It sounds great. I can't wait to read it now 😁 4mo
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Butterflyamore
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Can you guess what I got for my birthday? You can find out what‘s in the bag right here: https://youtu.be/T1bGQRMhgpQ

I should note that since this video was filmed this morning, I‘ve acquired more books. 😂

TheSpineView Happy birthday! 🤩 4mo
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Suet624 Happy birthday!!! 4mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB I almost forgot to tag you! 4mo
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EadieB @Butterflyamore Happy Birthday! First, I want to say that I love watching your husband as you did this video. You are such an amazing couple and I can see how much he loves you! Lucky lady! A Fire Story looks very interesting. I love true stories but this one sounds devastating about the California fires. But hopeful too in their rebuilding. I've read 13th tale and loved it. I've read her other books too. (edited) 4mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore Bellman and Black is slow until the 2nd half and not as interesting as 13th tale. I found myself liking it more and still thinking about the message afterwards. Once Upon A River is a magical realism and I liked that one too. Her books don‘t grab you until after you finish and think about what you have read. But I love her writing! Hope you enjoyed your day - it sounded so nice! Anxiously waiting for you next video! (edited) 4mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB Thanks! He is a wonderful husband and he was definitely well worth the wait! A Fire Story is definitely sad but I really appreciated having a better understanding of the firsthand effects rather than just hearing about it on the news. I loved that the author included bits and pieces of other people‘s stories as well. I‘m definitely interested in Once Upon a River, too! We ended up going to the bookstore so I could use my gift card yesteday 4mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore Money for books goes fast! Ha ha! 4mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB It was burning a hole in my pocket, ya know? 😂 The other book Josh had ordered for me through store was in. It was Recursion by Blake Crouch and I am excited about that! I got Romanov by Nadine Brandes and an Alice in Wonderland journal with my gift card. 4mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore Recursion is on my TBR as I have read Dark Matter and enjoyed it very much. Romanov looks interesting too. It seems to be a mixture of Fantasy and Historical Fiction. I need a new journal too and I was going to ask for one for my birthday in September! Enjoy your Alice one as I know you love AIW! 4mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Happy Birthday!!!! What a beautiful thing to receive such wanted and lovely gifts. You have a very caring hubby. Glad to see your birthday was wonderful xxx 🎂🍰🧚‍♀️💗 4mo
Butterflyamore @Curiouser_and_curiouser Thank you! He really is a wonderful husband! 4mo
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Butterflyamore
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Amazing book gifts have arrived from a special friend for my birthday! Technically, one arrived on Saturday but I was aware of the fact that Amazon had shipped items separately so I waited for the other to arrive so they could pose together for a photo!

I am really looking forward to reading The Librarian of Auschwitz and I am so thankful to have this gorgeous hardcover, full color edition of A Fire Story to replace my flimsy, black & white ARC!

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Shay_1113
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Heart breaking and amazing true story as a girl survives Auschwitz. No words can do this book justice.

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CMCurtis77
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Checking out another WWII book ❤️📕📗📘📙

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Hannah_11
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A beautiful story of how books can bring light even in the darkest of places.. #books #TheLibrarianOfAuschwitz

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“Books are extremely dangerous. They make people think” #books

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Oana7
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved this book! Dita is an amazing girl who has a lot of strength and a huge love for books! A great book about survival and finding something good in everything even if you are an Auschwitz prisoner! ❤️

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Ke633
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Finals week and then I get to finish all of the audiobooks I havent started yet. 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

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Oh. My. Goodness. This book is a love story to books and freedom. I can‘t recommend it more.

Meg4n6 I just picked this up at the booksale and thought “I bet Ru has read this” haha. Great minds. 7mo
rustoryhuf @Meg4n6 you know me so well! 7mo
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AutumnAuroraRain95
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5/5 stars. This story is based off of true events that happened. As with any World War 2/Holocaust story, this one is somewhat graphic, and does go into detail about what they had to endure. If you find this topic interesting, I would definitely pick up this book.

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Endowarrior21
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I don‘t even know what to say about this book. I am awestruck and heartbroken and filled with hope all at once. Based on the true story of Dita Kraus, a young teenage girl who had the dangerous job of keeping 8 books hidden in the depths of Auschwitz. Books like this are of increased importance today. We must not allow history to be revised.

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“Papa was right. That book took me further than any pair of shoes.” - The Librarian of Auschwitz

Mmartin14 A haunting tale and a very worthwhile read. The writing was a bit disjointed in the translation, which made it challenging to read at times. Still, an important story with complex characters and unique perspectives. I also enjoyed the epilogue and research at the end of the book. 9mo
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Sunday afternoon got me like.

MarriedtoMrT Yes! 9mo
TheLibrarian Looks like a pretty good Sunday afternoon! 9mo
pocketmermaid @MarriedtoMrT @TheLibrarian I have to get up soon to go to a family thing and I don‘t wanna! 9mo
readordierachel Living the dream! 9mo
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TheQuietQuill
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Between changings, feedings, and playing with my newborn I haven‘t had any time to read! I forget what it feels like 😢

LiteraryinLititz It‘s ok! Your reading time will return. 💗 In the meantime, sounds like such an exciting time for you! 9mo
TheQuietQuill Oh yes it sure is! I love my little dude so much and since I can‘t read grown up books, at least I can read children‘s books to my son 😂 @LiteraryinLititz 9mo
RebL You can always read to your newbie—maybe shorter books. ;-) 9mo
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This is a great historical novel. The characters a re so real because they are true characters well researched. It was tragic and full of strength. Plus a love for books.

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Starting this beauty tonight.

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I cannot thank you enough for this book @Daisey !!! It has been on my TBR forever and I can‘t wait to read it ❤️ It was such a nice surprise to open up my email to this 🥰 #kindlitsy

Daisey You're welcome! 11mo
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“The strongest athlete isn‘t the one who finishes first. That athlete is the fastest. The strongest athlete is the one who gets up again every time he falls, the one who doesn‘t stop when he feels a pain in his side, the one who doesn‘t abandon the race, no matter how far away the finish line is... Sometimes, no matter how much you want it, being the fastest isn‘t an option.. But you can always choose to be the strongest.”

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sophierayton
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This book manages to depict the horrors of Auschwitz without leaving you feeling depleted and hopeless. I would recommend it to teenagers wanting to learn about this area of history.

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Loric
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Such a powerful account of Dita Kraus‘ survival in Auschwitz. Assigned to the family camp, 14 year old Dita attends block 31, a section designed to keep children busy while their parents work. Schooling was forbidden yet the children were secretly taught. Dita was tasked with the job of distributing and hiding the libraries 8 prohibited books. What a glimpse of the hope, humanity and resilience the prisoners of block 31 managed to preserve

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Shaunesay
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I have since finished Romancing the Duke which was a lot of fun, as expected. ;)

The Librarian of Auschwitz is going rough for me, excellent book, just a tough subject matter.