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The Librarian of Auschwitz Hardcover – October 10, 2017
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From the Publisher
A conversation with the Librarian of Auschwitz
Q: The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe is based on your real-life experience as a prisoner of Auschwitz. What do you hope readers take away from this story?
A: Two, even three new generations have been born since the events described in The Librarian of Auschwitz. Most people who survived those times are no longer alive. The guilt of the Nazi perpetrators of the murder of millions of innocent people, families, babies old men and women, is being forgotten or trivialized, if not outright denied.
The Librarian of Auschwitz is therefore not only a riveting read, but has a mission. It acquaints the public with proof of important historical facts.
Q: How did you meet Antonio, the author of The Librarian of Auschwitz? What was the interview experience like?
A: Antonio Iturbe received my name from Beit Terezin in Kibbutz Givat Chaim, Israel. He wanted to get information about the library in the Family camp of Auschwitz. To his surprise, he discovered that the librarian was myself. He wrote a very apologetically worded request asking if I would be able to speak about Auschwitz. We began exchanging questions and answers by internet until the day we met in person in Prague. There, after two intensive days of touring Prague and Terezin, he told me: I am going to write a book about you.
I laughed. He couldn't be serious.
But as you see, he was.
Q: With publication of The Librarian of Auschwitz now in English, what are you most excited to share with readers?
A: The publication of The Librarian in English excites me very much. My children and grandchildren speak Hebrew and English. But the book has been written in Spanish and translated into many other languages, including Czech, Japanese, Dutch and more. Thus no one in my family could read it. Eureka, now they can.
Reading books is part of my life. I cannot understand how a person can spend his/her days without books. Many books have had a decisive influence on me, even in my childhood. As a young person I read everything without choosing. But in later years I became more picky. What fascinates me most are novels in which the author creates characters who are so alive that I feel as if I met them personally.
The quality decides the life of a book (like any other product). The best live for ages, the mediocre and trivial are soon forgotten.
From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Based on the true story of Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus, this novel features a protagonist who exemplifies courage in the face of death. Fourteen-year-old Dita is imprisoned at Auschwitz along with her mother and father in the "family camp." Her work assignment is to assist the Jewish leader in charge of Block 31, a section created to entertain the children so that their family can work. This block has many secrets, but the most important is that eight books were smuggled in by Jewish prisoners. Dita has been entrusted with their care, making her "the Librarian of Auschwitz." As time passes on, she becomes aware that Dr. Mengele has taken an interest in her, and while she is terrified that "Doctor Death" is paying attention to her, she finds the courage to protect her books, family, and friends at all costs. Throughout, well-known Nazi leaders and lesser-known Jewish heroes play pivotal roles, making the connection with the historical elements of the horrors of Auschwitz, and later Bergen-Belsen more credible and relatable. Despite being a fictional retelling of a true story, this novel is one that could easily be recommended or taught alongside Elie Wiesel's Night and The Diary of Anne Frank and a text that, once read, will never be forgotten. VERDICT A hauntingly authentic Holocaust retelling; a must for YA collections.—Stephanie Wilkes, Good Hope Middle School, West Monroe, LA
"an unforgettable, heartbreaking novel." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz
"Like Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, it’s a sophisticated novel with mature themes, delivering an emotionally searing reading experience. An important novel that will stand with other powerful testaments from the Holocaust era." ―Booklist, starred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz
"This novel is one that could easily be recommended or taught alongside Elie Wiesel’s Night and The Diary of Anne Frank and a text that, once read, will never be forgotten. VERDICT A hauntingly authentic Holocaust retelling; a must for YA collections." ―School Library Journal, starred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz
"Though no punches are pulled about the unimaginable atrocity of the death camps, a life-affirming history." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz
"The Librarian of Auschwitz is a heartbreaking and ultimately inspiring work of art." ―Shelf Awareness, starred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz
"Iturbe’s remarkable account uses an immediate present tense to immerse readers in Dita’s story as she goes about what constitutes daily life in Auschwitz, all the while risking everything to distribute and hide the library’s books." ―The Horn Book, starred review, on The Librarian of Auschwitz