I don't often give a book 5 stars, but I couldn't help it with this book b/c it was so good. This story is based on the real-life story of Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus. I can't believe how brave this young girl was in hiding books from the Nazis at Auschwitz and dealing with Dr. Mengele. I really liked the end pages of the book which are aerial shots of Auschwitz and the "What Happened" section at the back of the book that shares what happened to famous historical figures after the war.
Horrifying, compelling, and inspiring. I loved this book.
The Librarian of Auschwitz is a novel based on the life of Dita Kraus, a young woman who risked her life to protect literature in a Nazi death-camp. Dubbed "The Librarian of Auxchwitz," Dita made it her priority to protect the books that were found on the grounds, while also helping those in need during a period of turmoil.
This book is depressing, but important. There is so man sad and horrifying moments that remind you how truly dreadful human beings are. This book reminds readers of the horrors of the Holocaust and how difficult that event truly was. I loved Dita's courage in the story and I appreciate that as someone as young as she is, she decides to be brave in a place where bravery could potential mean death. There's a vividness in this translation that gives the reader the sense of tragedy and foreboding. There is discomfort, fear, and sadness in these pages, and I found myself truly feeling for people represented in this story.
This book shows so much hope in the darkness, and while I don't read a lot of historical fiction, I appreciate the learning opportunities that come from a well researched book. The Librarian of Auschwitz is a slow read, but a thoughtful one throughout.
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