The Librarian of Auschwitz

The Librarian of Auschwitz

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Follows the true story of Dita Kraus, a fourteen-year-old girl from Prague who after being sent to Auschwitz is chosen to protect the eight volumes prisoners have smuggled past the guards.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Godwin Books/Henry Holt and Company,, 2017.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781627796187
1627796185
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Iturbe Antonio
Characteristics: 423 pages :,illustration, maps ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Thwaites, Lilit Žekulin - Translator

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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 othe... Read More »

Follows the true story of Dita Kraus, a fourteen-year-old girl from Prague who after being sent to Auschwitz is chosen to protect the eight volumes prisoners have smuggled past the guards.

Often difficult to read, this YA novel (based on the true story of 14-year-old Dita Kraus) offers a clear view of life in Auschwitz during WWII. A story I had to take in small doses, but worth reading.


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shousel
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.

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ShravanP
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.

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daysleeper236
Sep 01, 2019

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

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lianaherman
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.

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GreenNinjaGirl
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+

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garnet_girl
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.

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snailgem
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.

OPL_KrisC Feb 03, 2018

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.

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