The Librarian of Auschwitz

Antonio Iturbe
Mar 23, 2018

This book is based on the incredible true story of the Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus. She was taken from the Terrezin ghetto in Prague, and she is adjusting to life in the Nazi camp with her mother and father. And when the Jewish leader Fredy Hirsch asks her to protect the 8 precious books prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. This is the story of how she became the librarian of Auschwitz. This girl risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust despite constant danger every day.

This book is at times horrifying and joyful. It contains many untold atrocities the prisoners of concentration camps faced. Dita is so relatable because both she and I would do anything to save books and learning. I loved this story, it told one of the many unknown sagas of World War 2.

Anyone who loves books has to read this one.

Written by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC

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