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Publisher's Summary

This program features a prologue 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.

©2012, 2017 Text copyright Antonio Iturbe; translation copyright Lilit Žekulin Thwaites (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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  • Elle Skinner
  • 30-01-2018

Great Narration and Story

Where does The Librarian of Auschwitz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dita

Have you listened to any of Marisa Calin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When it was time to die, one young girl decided it was time to learn instead

Any additional comments?

This is a great read for young and old

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  • Teresa AnnElizabeth
  • 17-06-2018

Do Not Forget

I’ve made a conscious decision to listen to the memoirs of Jewish Holocaust survivors. Not just on Audible, but the recorded interviews done and shared on YouTube. I’m also listening and reading the historical fiction of the Holocaust period.
I am not Jewish, yet I am compelled to honor each one I listen to or read.
This is almost biographical accept for a bit of changes. It is so sad, yet beautiful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-2018

Amazing

I love historical fiction books. This one drew me in with the title & I finished it in two days. Just hearing all that Dita went through during her time & how she protected the books is amazing!

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  • Michael
  • 01-06-2018

Fiction or non-fiction?

This book suffered from the confusion of stories that aren't sure if they're supposed to be fiction or non-fiction. It wasn't historical enough or plausible enough to be non-fiction (it recounted many thoughts and feelings impossible for the author to know), but wasn't a good enough story to be historical fiction. At times the writing was poetic though.

The narrator was a poor choice. Her Germanic accents were distracting, and she didn't keep the characters' voices distinct enough.

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  • Anne Swan
  • 31-05-2018

The Librarian of Auschwitz

The only way to improve on this story would be if it were not based on the unbearable suffering of real people. Carefully told and beautifully read, the characters reveal strength and weaknesses in the worst circumstances. You hold your breath as Mengele passes by, you worry about discovery and betrayal and you hope against hope that all will survive, when you know they can't. Well researched, you are taken back in time to witness the horror for yourself and find the humanity and strength of character that seems impossible.

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  • Katherine
  • 19-05-2018

Perfect and heartbreaking

This is easily the best audio book I've listened to this year. The narration was wonderful - her accents were spot on. The story was gripping, even better because it was based on a real person. Five stars and two thumbs way, way up.

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  • johnnykate
  • 27-02-2018

Amazing!!

One of the best books I have ever read. A must read for any booklover. Engaging and well written the compelling story keeps the reader on the edge throughout the whole read. The address from "Dita Adler" in the opening was especially compelling. I loved it! Wish I could translate it into Icelandic, my native language.

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