The librarian of Auschwitz / Antonio Iturbe ; translated by Lilit Zekulin Thwaites.
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: London : Ebury Press, 2019.
ISBN: 9781529104776 (pbk.) :
Translated from the Spanish.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín 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 smuggle past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles, as well as the 'living books' - prisoners of Auschwitz who know certain books so well, they too can be 'borrowed' to educate the children in the camp. But books are extremely dangerous. They make people think. And nowhere are they more dangerous than in Block 31 of Auschwitz, the children's block, where the slightest transgression can result in execution, no matter how young the transgressor.
423 pages ; 20 cm
A great book on one of the darkest epochs in man's history, but this is a different aspect of the history of the holocaust from a brave young survivor. Recommend
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