The Librarian of Auschwitz

The Librarian of AuschwitzBased On The Experience Of Real Life Auschwitz Prisoner Dita Kraus, This Is The Incredible Story Of A Girl Who Risked Her Life To Keep The Magic Of Books Alive During The HolocaustFourteen Year Old Dita Is One Of The Many Imprisoned By The Nazis At Auschwitz Taken, Along With Her Mother And Father, From The Terez N 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 AuschwitzOut Of One Of The Darkest Chapters Of Human History Comes This Extraordinary Story Of Courage And HopeThis Title Has Common Core ConnectionsGodwin Books Meh After reading some classic Holocaust novels such as Night by Elie Wiesel and the classic The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank or even great young adults novels such as The Edelweiss Express, or the amazing The Book Thief I felt Antonio Iturbe and The Librarian of Auschwitz was out of its league.It lacked passion, emotion and the book was slow in many places and many of the characters less than interesting The flashbacks, the asides, the sudden shift in POV, it just did not Meh After reading some classic Holocaust novels such as Night by Elie Wiesel and the classic The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank or even great young adults novels such as The Edelweiss Express, or the amazing The Book Thief I felt Antonio Iturbe and The Librarian of Auschwitz was out of its league.It lacked passion, emotion and the book was slow in many places and many of the characters less than interesting The flashbacks, the asides, the sudden shift in POV, it just did not work.To sum it up it reads like a text book trying to be a fictional account of a real thing The translation is poorly done if that is the issue with it.When you read a holocaust novel, the authors should respect the subject matter Elie Wiesel did just that when he wrote Night, even young adult author Mark A Cooper who is not known as a literate genius wrote an amazing account of children in the holocaust when he wrote the second Edelweiss Pirates novel Edelweiss Express It will go down as one of the most definitive works on Holocaust literature.Those novels stick with you when you take a break from reading, you could be in the shower or running to catch the subway and the novel is still haunting your thoughts Sadly the author missed the emotion, the stories are of course important but so is the writing this is a difficult for me to rate, as i have found to be the case with many WWII holocaust stories that are based on real life people but written as a work of fiction for most of the book, this was a solid 3 stars not phenomenal, but not horrible either i think that iturbe was a little out of his league choosing this kind of story for his debut its slow, almost boring, in a lot of places with sterile writing and sporadic POV shifts in the narration im not sure if this is a translation issu this is a difficult for me to rate, as i have found to be the case with many WWII holocaust stories that are based on real life people but written as a work of fiction for most of the book, this was a solid 3 stars not phenomenal, but not horrible either i think that iturbe was a little out of his league choosing this kind of story for his debut its slow, almost boring, in a lot of places with sterile writing and sporadic POV shifts in the narration im not sure if this is a translation issue or just a new author hurdle that needs to be overcome i just think that, with a story of this seriousness, the characters need to feel real so when there is a lack of emotion and spirit, it does the story a massive injustice however, i found the story of dita to be very encouraging as a fellow bookworm, its quite heartening to read about how books were the source of her courage, inspiration, and escape i thought the epilogue, author postscript, and what happened to sections at the end were highly redeeming, so much so that i feel justified enough to round up my rating these sections are the personalisation and connection i so desperately needed to these people and story, so it is a shame that it came so late in the book overall, not quite the execution i would have like from this, but still a really important story that i am grateful was told 3.5 stars I sit back and I close my eyes I imagine my five daughters, and the life that they live today They have friends, clothes, make up, and they adore school just the same as every teenaged Jew girl had done I get to the part in my mind that imagines our family being ripped apart, and the chaos and confusion that all those people and children surely felt during the war It is unbearable, and I open my eyes I cannot bear to even imagine what they all must have went through, none the less having to I sit back and I close my eyes I imagine my five daughters, and the life that they live today They have friends, clothes, make up, and they adore school just the same as every teenaged Jew girl had done I get to the part in my mind that imagines our family being ripped apart, and the chaos and confusion that all those people and children surely felt during the war It is unbearable, and I open my eyes I cannot bear to even imagine what they all must have went through, none the less having to endure such pain and suffering I read as much as my gut will allow about the war, and I do not feel like the current youth is educated enough about what exactly had happened during this time They are taught the basics, but it is books such as The Librarian of Auschwitz bring the stories of the people who suffered so endlessly to life I do not believe in coincidence, and the author Antonio Iturbe, was destined to meet and converse with the main character Dita They were brought together by chance, and although there was a language barrier, they managed to communicate and the story that unravelled was meant to be told This book is based around Dita an Auschwitz survivor, and with some non fiction added the author was able to create a compelling story of bravery, survival and how magnificent the strength of the human spirit can be Dita is given the great responsibility of looking after the few books in the family camp that had been banned by the Nazi s This is a great responsibility, and one that she risked her life for everyday What drew me in to the story, was the history I know that this was a story meant to be told, and although some non fiction was also added, there was not much indication in the book of what that was The author used his descriptions to show the reader the pain and suffering felt by the jews, and I was at times brought to tears At times, I do feel like the author could have held back on his intensity It was apparent that while he was writing this novel, he also had emotion and hatred for what was going on There were points in the story where I felt he lost sight of the story, and it read a little like a history book There were references to the characters making statements about how this was The greatest mass killing in human history, and I felt myself as the reader step back and wonder why in that moment the character would be making such a statement In that moment, in my opinion, that would be the last thing on the character s mind and certainly would not be reflecting like the war was already over, and making such a statement During those times, it felt as if the character stepped away from the story and was educating the reader on the history of what happened This was beneficial for the author to deliver to the reader the impact of what was happening, yet the statements deterred from the story as a whole This author has a great writing style, and he delivered the message beautifully, I just feel that at moments he was also in the seat of an outsider telling the story as if it was over, versus in the moment as the story was being told As much as I loved this story, I also stepped back and wondered how accurate he portrayed the Jews in the respect of how they treated each other in the Auschwitz camp I was disheartened to read about how they called each other horrible names and fought amongst each other in jealousy and hatred These may be true facts that the author learned from Dita, and they may have been a figment of his own imagination Regardless, if this was his imagination I would hope that he would not want to portray such a horrible period of time with made up conclusions of how the Jews communicated with each other I understand that human nature under dire circumstances may change drastically into uncharacteristic behavior, and some of that is to of course be expected I will never pretend to say how I would act under those circumstances, it was just a sad thing digest, as if it was not horrible enough Overall, if you are interested in a great read that will give some perspective of what these poor people had to endure, and in the end see some triumph, this is a great book to do so I found the conclusion very insightful as some of the fates of the Nazi guards were revealed With the horrific fate of millions of people, it is nice to hear the story of a heroic Dita that has overcome so much in her lifetime This woman is truly an inspiration and a true hero in every sense After reading her story, I was assured that no matter what happens in life, our human spirit can overcome the worst I won t say a word against the content, because it is worthy I ve read a few books about the Holocaust, both fiction and non fiction I only vaguely knew about books, but never about the librarian running such a clandestine operation in a death camp like Auschwitz I m really glad I read about Dita Kraus Dita Adler in the book No matter how many times I read about Nazi atrocities it still doesn t fail to shock me But, overall, the book didn t work for me because of the way it was written o I won t say a word against the content, because it is worthy I ve read a few books about the Holocaust, both fiction and non fiction I only vaguely knew about books, but never about the librarian running such a clandestine operation in a death camp like Auschwitz I m really glad I read about Dita Kraus Dita Adler in the book No matter how many times I read about Nazi atrocities it still doesn t fail to shock me But, overall, the book didn t work for me because of the way it was written or translated I would have liked it better if it was a straight non fiction, or if it had a linear timeline The flashbacks, the asides, the sudden shift in POV and even tense, it just did not work I also didn t feel I really knew Dita I got a better sense of her personality when I googled her partway through the reading of my book The first story that popped up was about her lighting a torch for Holocaust remembrance in 2014, and the story transcribed her speech She sounded wonderful and spunky and someone whose own words I d like to listen to Incidentally, at the end of the book, the author describes his meeting with Dita Kraus and how they went to Terezin together And yes, she came alive in this recounting, like she wasn t in the entire book that preceded it I really think that fictionalizing this account constrained the book, it should have been non fiction But it s worth reading the book, for the content alone So I m bumping up a star It is always a revelation when you read a book about someone who at such a young age took on a role that was not only dangerous but also one in which death awaited her if she was caught.Dita Strauss was a mere fourteen years old when she and her parents arrived at Auschwitz They were assigned to the family camp and as all were assigned to work, Dita went to work in the school There she meets Freddy Hirsch, the Jewish leader in charge of the children of Auschwitz He gives her an assignment Sh It is always a revelation when you read a book about someone who at such a young age took on a role that was not only dangerous but also one in which death awaited her if she was caught.Dita Strauss was a mere fourteen years old when she and her parents arrived at Auschwitz They were assigned to the family camp and as all were assigned to work, Dita went to work in the school There she meets Freddy Hirsch, the Jewish leader in charge of the children of Auschwitz He gives her an assignment She is to be the protector of books that have been hidden Dita is only fourteen and yet she strives to do her job as the books are a link to a world of sanity She secrets the books away as she carries them to others.Being in the children s block, she was overseen by the infamous Dr Mengele The author describes some of her interaction with him They all knew he was Dr Death and his experiments on people were the stuff of nightmares Each transport brought to the family camp were given six months to live They all knew that their lives were destined to end and yet, those who read and used the books as a teaching tool brought life and a small bit of happiness to those whose fate was to be exterminated The educators in the Kinderblock were the greatest heroes of all, Dita said They knew they would die, yet dedicated themselves to the children, to make their last weeks as pleasant as they could Told with all the horror of their lives and yet with a tenderness, love, and hope for the future that books often provide, this was a wonderful story that highlighted the courage of many especially that of a young fourteen year old child The afterword was amazing Have you read it I need to compose my thoughts now for that review to follow. They are holding something that is absolutely forbidden in Auschwitz These items, so dangerous that their mere possession is a death sentence, cannot be fired, nor do they have a sharp point, a blade, or a heavy end These items, which the relentless guards of the Reich fear so much, are nothingthan books old, unbound, with missing pages, and in tatters Dita Adlerova is barely starting her teen years when WWII breaks out Originally from Prague, Dita s family along with other Jewish fa They are holding something that is absolutely forbidden in Auschwitz These items, so dangerous that their mere possession is a death sentence, cannot be fired, nor do they have a sharp point, a blade, or a heavy end These items, which the relentless guards of the Reich fear so much, are nothingthan books old, unbound, with missing pages, and in tatters Dita Adlerova is barely starting her teen years when WWII breaks out Originally from Prague, Dita s family along with other Jewish families are forced to move to the Terezin ghetto While life in the ghetto is hardly perfect, circumstance deals a bad hand to Dita when she is transferred to Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp Placed in the uniquely special Block 31, where families are allowed to remain together, Dita acquires a unique title Librarian of the clandestine school Its a role that will sustain her, quite literally.My genre of choice is historical fiction, specially that pertaining to WWII and the Holocaust This book fit the bill and then some as it also was an homage to books and their extensive reach Block 31 was unique for it was a family camp where families where allowed to remain together While the parents were put to work, the kids were sent to school The leader, Fredy Hirsch, was only supposed to entertain the kids He set up a clandestine school instead where he recruited teachers and set up a secret library That is where Dita came in, she was tasked with protecting the books as they passed from teacher to teacher and was to hide them in Hirsch s office at the end of the day In Auschwitz, this was quite dangerous work While I agree with other reviwers that the pace and flow of the book is not perfect, that could have been lost in translation Antonio Iturbe originally published La Bibliotecaria de Auschwitz in 2012, in Spain Overall, I very much liked this book There are some issues but the contentthan makes up for it It was a powerful statement about the resilience of the human spirit.Dita Adlerova, later Kraus, is a real person At 14 years old, she became the Librarian of Block 31 and she took her job very seriously She transported the books hidden in secret compartments under her dress In essence, she was risking her life for books and some might not understand why it was worth it For that matter, why even establish a school As its known now, the only purpose of Block 31 was to try and fool the international communty that the Nazis were not killing the prisioners However, when the Red Cross did not show up to inspect the camp, the Nazis went ahead and dismantled it by killing 3000 people in a single blow Most of the kids perished Still, I applaud that this school existed for it gave hope and even if it was fleeting, these 500 kids got to experience some joy Dita did survive Auschwitz and later, Bergen Belsen She married Ota Kraus, who was one of the teachers of Block 31 Ota Kraus wrote The Painted Wall which is about the clandestine school I plan on reading it at a later date What a impressive lady 5 StarsMy thoughts are definitely inadequate as to how to convey the horrific atrocities that occurred during this time in history that many would like to forget or ignore.This story needs to be known because it s one of survival amongst such evil, as well as an amazing feat of triumph despite the astronomical losses The struggle to hold onto one s humanity in such despair, to grab onto some semblance of normalcy, and the action of defiance that bred hope to live another day was all portrayed h 5 StarsMy thoughts are definitely inadequate as to how to convey the horrific atrocities that occurred during this time in history that many would like to forget or ignore.This story needs to be known because it s one of survival amongst such evil, as well as an amazing feat of triumph despite the astronomical losses The struggle to hold onto one s humanity in such despair, to grab onto some semblance of normalcy, and the action of defiance that bred hope to live another day was all portrayed here to devastating effect.I am emotionally ferklempt, and I m simply unable to do this amazing true story justice in putting to words just how much this affected me I was satisfied with this book, as a librarian myself I enjoyed reading about an unknown side story in the Holocaust that focuses in books, while the story happened in a tragic background a German concentration camp , it focuses in how the main character Dita was able to hide books from the Germans while in the camp and help kids learn from them as long she could Since this story has a background in truth we learn a lot about the daily life in a concentration camp and how horrible it was I was satisfied with this book, as a librarian myself I enjoyed reading about an unknown side story in the Holocaust that focuses in books, while the story happened in a tragic background a German concentration camp , it focuses in how the main character Dita was able to hide books from the Germans while in the camp and help kids learn from them as long she could Since this story has a background in truth we learn a lot about the daily life in a concentration camp and how horrible it was to live in one I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learnabout one of the darkest chapters of our history, anyone who likes books about books and wants to knowabout WW 2 This book is not for the faint of heart 5 Poignant and Heartbreakingly Authentic.A Must Read First of all I just want to take a moment to admire the cover, it s absolutely stunning and I think it represents the book perfectly.THE LIBRARIAN OF Auschwitz is a very poignant, raw, and thought provoking read, it s an atmospheric and powerful read.It s based on a true untold story which makes it evenspecial and Heartbreakingly authentic.I don t want to go into the plot very much as i think this is a book you need to discover for your 5 Poignant and Heartbreakingly Authentic.A Must Read First of all I just want to take a moment to admire the cover, it s absolutely stunning and I think it represents the book perfectly.THE LIBRARIAN OF Auschwitz is a very poignant, raw, and thought provoking read, it s an atmospheric and powerful read.It s based on a true untold story which makes it evenspecial and Heartbreakingly authentic.I don t want to go into the plot very much as i think this is a book you need to discover for yourself, the blurb was captivating and certainly gives a glimpse into this poignant read.Dita is just 14years old and has been chosen and trusted to be the class librarian of Block 31, now you might think oh well it s only a librarian, but books are banned and anyone caught with them are sentenced to death But Dita s passion for learning and books shone through and despite the immediate danger she accepts the position She s incredibly brave, strong, loyal and has a heart of gold.Dita and her family are in the concentration camp of Auschwitz Where thousands of innocent lives are taken every day, horrific experiments are done on children, families are ripped apart, they are forced to live like cattle, fighting for beds with barely any food It s horrific and really is quiet difficult to read But it was a reality which makes it all theraw and gut wrenching.There is alot of characters and you really need to take your time with this book to fully absorb the characters and plot.I did struggle at first getting to grips with who was who, but once I got my head around it, everything clicked into place.Not all the Characters are likeable, for sooo many reasons, they are based on real characters, and some of them are horrific but harshly real, the Soldiers for example, how they treated people was unimaginable but it happened But then you had characters like Dita and Fredy Hirsh who melted my heart.Antonio Iturbe has created an atmospheric and heart breaking story packed full of emotion, reality, harsh truths, he took me right into the heart of Auschwitz and made me experience everything through the eyes of Dita and her struggles for survival It was emotional, hard hitting and powerful but incredibly gripping and captivating that it had you turning the pages.If you are looking for a read that s raw, based on a true untold story, powerful, Heartbreakingly authentic, thought provoking and a unique book, that once read will truly stay with you for a lifetime, then you must read THE LIBRARIAN OF Auschwitz Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers Tours for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.My Review is also on my Blog Website

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  • The Librarian of Auschwitz
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  • 25 March 2017
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