The Librarian of Auschwitz

The Librarian of Auschwitz

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Follows Dita Kraus from age fourteen, when she is put in charge of a few forbidden books at Auschwitz concentration camp, through the end of World War II and beyond. Based on a true story.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781627796187
Branch Call Number: TEEN ITU
Characteristics: 423 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Thwaites, Lilit Žekulin - Translator


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Follows Dita Kraus from age fourteen, when she is put in charge of a few forbidden books at Auschwitz concentration camp, through the end of World War II and beyond. Based on a true story

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Feb 02, 2021

The Librarian of Auschwitz describes the story of Dita Kraus, a young girl who is transported to live in Auschwitz. Dita’s situation is special, as she lives in a family camp where children are granted the small mercy of being with their families. Sadly, this mercy would soon have a much more sinister meaning later on. With these kinds of circumstances, she is invited to work at the camp’s school, which is set up to provide a sense of normalcy and education to the camp’s children, due to her love of books and the potential the director sees in her. However, she also has to manage with the responsibility of hiding the school’s small yet mighty battalion of books from the Nazis as the possession of literature is forbidden with deadly consequences. The book entails her experiences as a person detained in German camps throughout World War II along with giving us other perspectives and views of important people in her story. What really made this book for me were the events and emotional trials the characters go through, which is something that is a signature for a lot of World War II books. However, the fact that the story likes to switch between perspectives gives us a fascinating viewpoint into the lives of other people, which really broadens and enriches the book. New readers might find this disorienting and confusing in the beginning at first, as a lot of characters might be thrown out needing to be memorized. Proper tracking can remedy this, and the reason why there are so many characters are due to the fact that many of these were real people. This story is a true story inspired by a real Dita who gave the author a lot of the material and information for this book. Major historical figures make appearances or at least small cameos like Josef Mengele and Anne Frank. The plot itself is quite character-driven as it’s about the characters reacting to the events around them, and sometimes it is up to us to infer what they are thinking. This book starts slow at first, but it will escalate to become a great book for World War II fans and others just looking for an emotional read.

Jun 30, 2020

I definitely feel like I'm in the minority on this one, but I did not love this book. I wanted to, badly. The story of the Children's/Family Block in Auschwitz is definitely fascinating, but I felt like the book spent part of the time as a novel, and the other as a written documentary. The POV would switch randomly with no rhyme or reason, and the story didn't really pick up for me until the final third. I never felt much emotional attachment to any of the characters.

I very much appreciate the author (and translators) job of research, and making sure that so much of the story told was historically accurate (very important when it comes to Holocaust fiction), but I felt that Dita's story would have been better as strictly nonfiction.

Jun 25, 2020

This book is an enlightening, unique look into the lives of the Jews during the Holocaust. The story follows Dita Adler, a Jew in Auschwitz during the Holocaust, as she acts as the librarian for a makeshift school. The story provides a a cast of various colorful characters, from the school’s charismatic leader Fredy Hirsch, to the Resistance member Rudi Rosenberg, Dita’s mother, to Dita herself. Each character is a multi faceted, interesting character. The writing and prose is very engaging to read, and it significantly adds to the experience during the emotional moments, especially towards the end. However, the entire first half of the book starts off very slowly, and there is a significant lack of progression till halfway in the novel, although it gets a lot better towards the second half of the book. Overall, I feel the main appeal of the book lies in its strong, interesting characters that make you truly care for them throughout the course of the novel. I would definitely recommend this to everyone, and my rating is a solid 4.5/5

JCLSallyT Mar 27, 2020

This is another beautiful story about the courage, bravery, and perseverance of victims of the Holocaust focusing on a young girl named Dita Adler. Dita is able to find comfort and solace in the concentration camps through the illegal books that Block 31 is hiding and shares this escape with others. The book starts off a little slow, but grows more and more interesting along the way making this novel well worth your while.

Sep 01, 2019

A haunting, devastatingly beautiful masterpiece. Absolutely loved it. Everyone should read this book.

Jul 31, 2019

A heart-stopping story about the librarian, Dita, and her family during their stay at Auschwitz. I couldn't put the book down. Very well written and so emotional considering it is based on true facts.

Jul 16, 2019

WOW!! What an amazing World War 2 novel. A real story told through the perspective of a concentration camp teen. Dita is just a girl but she has a dangerous secret. She's the keeper of 8 books in the worst concentration camp of them all. Can she keep the knowledge of the real world safe or will the Nazi's wipe out the real world forever. 13+

Jun 05, 2019

The Librarian of Auschwitz was one of the best books that I have ever read. It was touching and moving and amazing and horrible at the same time. This book really showed me just how terrible the holocaust was and how lucky we are to live in a save world with no fear of what would happen if you were caught reading a book.

Apr 28, 2019

Awesome! gave me a different perspective on the Holocaust, as well as making it personal by getting to know the people, and then seeing what happened to them and / or their loved ones.

BPLpicks Mar 04, 2019

Eight smuggled books with tattered pages and broken spines become the lifeline to normalcy in the lives of children imprisoned in Auschwitz. Fourteen year-old Dita becomes the keeper of the books in Block 31. This gut-wretching, sobering account explores how hope, life and love can still be found amongst the brutality and despair of a death camp. Outstanding audio version available.

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