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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Hardcover – September 17, 2007
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Jan and Antonina Zabinski were Polish Christian keepers of the Zoo when the Germans under Hitler's scheme of world domination and purification of Europe for the chosen race of Aryans began. Ackerman quietly builds her setting by concentrating on the special gifts of these two remarkable people in caring for the animals of the zoo: her descriptions of the various members of the menagerie are at once comical and insightful.Read more ›
Nonetheless, the awful times in Poland and Warsaw come crashing through Ackerman's writing anyway. One wonders how any people at all survived German barbarity.Read more ›
Over the next five years, until the zoo was liberated along with the rest of Warsaw towards the end of the year, the Zabinskis used their positions as zookeeper and wife, and local celebrities, to conceal several hundred Jews and other refugees from the Nazis, some of them hiding in the now disused animal cages on the grounds of the zoo (many of the animals were killed by soldiers, or starved to death). Jan Zabinski was involved in partisan activities, and concealed munitions and other supplies in places he didn't think anyone would look. At the start of the war, it turned out that the Nazis were interested in the zoo for two primary reasons: one, they wanted to "move to safekeeping" any rare animals it had--the safekeeping of course being in a German zoo; and two, they were obsessed with resurrecting extinct species of animal that they thought "wild" and "untamed" and "pure". Because of these obsessions, they let the zoo continue to operate at a lower level much longer than they otherwise would have, and the Zabinskis were able to rescue hundreds of lives as a result.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sad and yet hopeful at the same time. Shares memories of a terrible time from the viewpoint of a wife, mother,friend and animal loverPublished 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
This book is not a page turner but it is interesting and informative. Loved the character development. I could feel their pain. Worth reading.Published 6 days ago by vidviews
It was a good story line. Learned several historic facts I wasn't aware of before. The book is full of information. That is the problem to much info about beetles and butterflies. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Darlene
A Beautifully hewn, at times poetic, clear eyed view of living in Warsaw during WW 2 . For me it was a heart-rending awakening to the inconceivable brutalities and loving... Read morePublished 8 days ago by janette shelly
Very informative but seemed to stray often from the story at hand. I thought it could have been organized in a more effective way. It was still a very interesting read though! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have been recommending this story! Amazing what people must do when war comes to their front door. Read morePublished 12 days ago by S. Mance
I thought it was much too long. Too jerky. And never really gave an ending.Published 17 days ago by Red-bird