Book review: THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ
I’ve read perhaps a hundred books about the Holocaust. And as an author of my own memoir, I also find it interesting to examine how others tell their stories. I must say that I’ve never read a “Holocaust book” as touching, as disturbing, and as good as THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ. Antonio Iturbe’s book, translated by Lilit Zekulin Thwaited, recounts the incredible, true story of 14-year-old Dita Kraus. Taken from their home in Prague to the transit ghetto Terezin, Dita and her parents end up in the Auschwitz death camp. There, the young girl is entrusted with hiding and lending out eight forbidden books–the entire extent of the Family Camp “library.” I will not attempt to tell the story here, except to say that the book describes life in this hell in such a realistic way that I spent many sleepless nights living them with Dita. This is an absolute MUST read, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that it will challenge and disturb you.
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