Wednesday, March 06, 2019

The Librarian of Auschwitz

The Librarian of AuschwitzThe Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an incredible story. I learned something new about the Holocaust-that there was a children's block at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944, and that there was a clandestine school for the 500 children there. This book is based on a number of real people who survived the death camps, including Dita Kraus, the book's main character. Sometimes it seems that people can become numb to the atrocities of the Holocaust. And then, along comes a book, about books, which can change the reader's heart once again. I loved Dita, her determination, her grit, and her love of where a book can take you. This is YA literature, but any adult who has a heart and soul will be moved to tears. The writing and translation are well done. I would recommend this for mature 8th graders through adult.

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