The Librarian Of Auschwitz by Antonio IturbeThe Librarian Of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

The Librarian Of Auschwitz

byAntonio IturbeRead byMarisa CalinTranslated byLilit Thwaites

Audio Book (CD) | November 7, 2017

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This program features an author's note read by Dita Kraus.

Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, The Librarian of Auschwitz is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.

Written with touching sensitivity by Antonio Iturbe, and translated by Lilit Thwaites, this audiobook provokes every emotional response and will not be forgotten.

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 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.

This title has Common Core connections.

Antonio Iturbe lives in Spain, where he is both a novelist and a journalist. In researching The Librarian of Auschwitz, he interviewed Dita Kraus, the real-life librarian of Auschwitz.Lilit Thwaites is an award-winning literary translator. After thirty years as an academic at La Trobe University in Australia, she retired from teaching ...
Title:The Librarian Of AuschwitzFormat:Audio Book (CD)Product dimensions:6.56 × 5.16 × 1.15 inShipping dimensions:6.56 × 5.16 × 1.15 inPublished:November 7, 2017Publisher:Macmillan AudioLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1427287074

ISBN - 13:9781427287076


Rated 5 out of 5 by from a very good buy i had read some of this book from a friend and it really felt like one of those books you need to buy.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad but good Good story, very sad. Fortunately not a depressing read. It does take a little to get into but once I was in to the story, it kept me wanting to read.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Both heartbreaking and inspiring This is one of those rare books that will stay with me forever. I was born not long after the end of the war. My father was among the liberating soldiers. I've read many books about this awful time in history but I don't think any have affected me as much as Dita's story.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read!! A powerful story of Dita Polachova (Kraus), the Block 31 librarian of Auschwitz, Fredy Hirsch, Walter (Rosenberg) Vrba, & the evil Josef Mengele, woven together in this book tells the story of loss, resiliency, survival, and hope. I am now left with so much emotion having just finished this book (the audio version). I am happy that Dita's story had a "happy" ending, but she carried with her all the deaths & grief of her 6 years in Auschwitz, but at the same time, the hope and joy she brought to the children in Block 31.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Until now, I hadn't believed in heroes, but now I know they exist: Dita is one of them." Wow. I'll definitely have to read Ota Kraus' book "Until now, I hadn't believed in heroes, but now I know they exist: Dita is one of them." What a fascinating read! I found myself a little lost at time with the POV switching but still really enjoyed this book overall. How people went througg these horrors, I don't know that I'll ever truly understand...
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from tearful read This book was really good. It was about a young girl who even in the chaos and trauma that the holocaust was able to find a small spot of joy. Young Dita was send to the concentration camp with her family when the Germans took over. She is in charge of hiding and repairing the library. What was really interesting about this book was a lot of the characters were real people like the terrible and infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. Very sad book as most books about the Holocaust are but it was a good read non the less. I did like how even though this was a book of fiction there was lots of true elements to what actually happened in the Holocaust, such as the pink stars for the gays, the gender separations, and the dr's love of twins. It made it more realistic. Well done.
Date published: 2017-12-15

Editorial Reviews

"This powerful young adult novel introduces listeners to 14-year-old Dita Kraus, a Czechoslovakian Jew who, with her parents, was sent to Auschwitz in December 1943. Through meticulous research, including multiple correspondences with Dita, Antonio Iturbe paints an accurate picture of life in Auschwitz in all its horror. Marisa Calin's narration straightforwardly tells this chilling but ultimately inspiring story with an unemotional delivery that emphasizes the amazing strength, hope, and courage that sustained the prisoners of Auschwitz in the face of incredible inhumanity and deprivation." -AudioFile "Marisa Calin does a fine job narrating a heart-wrenching story told entirely through the observations of an innocent young girl. And [Antonio] Iturbe's proclivity for creating suspense will keep you listening. The book also qualifies as riveting and valuable reading for young adults." - Inside Jersey"Narrator Marisa Calin provides an understandable, yet well-accented dialogue of Jewish, Polish, and German voices for the participants in this novel. A shocking, moving, unforgettable, yet wonderful story, this book carries a powerful message of a dark period of world history. The Librarian of Auschwitz should be required reading for every high school student and adult." -SoundCommentary "an unforgettable, heartbreaking novel." -Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz"Like Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, it's a sophisticated novel with mature themes, delivering an emotionally searing reading experience. An important novel that will stand with other powerful testaments from the Holocaust era." -Booklist, starred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz"This novel is one that could easily be recommended or taught alongside Elie Wiesel's Night and The Diary of Anne Frank and a text that, once read, will never be forgotten. VERDICT A hauntingly authentic Holocaust retelling; a must for YA collections." -School Library Journal, starred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz"Though no punches are pulled about the unimaginable atrocity of the death camps, a life-affirming history." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz