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The Librarian of Auschwitz

Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
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Publisher's Summary

This program features a prologue read by Dita Kraus.

Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, The Librarian of Auschwitz is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust. Written with touching sensitivity by Antonio Iturbe, and translated by Lilit Thwaites, this audiobook provokes every emotional response and will not be forgotten.

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín 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 Auschwitz. Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

This title has Common Core connections.

©2012, 2017 Text copyright Antonio Iturbe; translation copyright Lilit Žekulin Thwaites (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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  • A.B
  • 2019-02-23

Moving story, impeccable narrating

I couldn’t stop listening. The story was moving and engaging and the narrator brought characters to life with her many accents and inflections. Very well done.

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  • Anne Swan
  • 2018-05-31

The Librarian of Auschwitz

The only way to improve on this story would be if it were not based on the unbearable suffering of real people. Carefully told and beautifully read, the characters reveal strength and weaknesses in the worst circumstances. You hold your breath as Mengele passes by, you worry about discovery and betrayal and you hope against hope that all will survive, when you know they can't. Well researched, you are taken back in time to witness the horror for yourself and find the humanity and strength of character that seems impossible.

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  • Francheska Escalera
  • 2018-07-12

Wow

This is an amazing book that tells an incredible story but the author is all over the place with the story. I Think this book is too long and even though the book seems to focus on the main character Dita the author talks about soooo many characters that its hard to keep track. I had to switch to the audiobook after the first couple of chapter because I was struggling to keep up with all the stories.

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  • Elle Skinner
  • 2018-01-30

Great Narration and Story

Where does The Librarian of Auschwitz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dita

Have you listened to any of Marisa Calin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When it was time to die, one young girl decided it was time to learn instead

Any additional comments?

This is a great read for young and old

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  • Kimberly J Jones
  • 2019-06-18

History with section, outstanding exclamation poin

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the narrator. good info, would recommend for anyone looking for knowledge

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  • Charlene Harris
  • 2019-05-19

excellent read!

Hard subject but was very well done! Especially loved the authors explanation at the end!

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  • JeanAnn Trombley
  • 2019-03-11

Beautiful life lessons

Auschwitz through the eyes of a young girl, wise beyond her years, makes this a thoughtful and inspiring book. The story, the narration and the heartbreak of this book, make this an important historical fiction read. I was so sad for it to end. These characters will stay with me. Great read!

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  • Tiffany R.
  • 2019-03-09

mediocre at best

I struggled to finish this book. It did not flow well. The character development did not cause me to be attached to any of them. Also, the majority of the book had absolutely nothing to do with her being the librarian of Auschwitz. I've read many other books about the Holocaust and WWII. Not surprisingly, they caused many emotions...sadness, horror, disgust. This book did none of that. Stuff happened and the book ended and that was it.

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  • Portia
  • 2019-03-08

the most moving book about WWII

I loved how the book tied up all the loose ends and left no unanswered questions.

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  • Vik
  • 2019-02-12

A really good story of never giving up!

I really enjoyed this story! The main character has determination and shows that you should never give up. She has led a group despite the opinion of others. It's amazing to see how all of these stories that relate to Auschwitz come together and share the same story line - which tells the reader that all of the information is the truth. Definitely a story I would recommend!

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  • Duke Silver
  • 2019-02-07

Heart wrenching and beautiful

This story is heart wrenching and promises to send you on a research binge to find out more about the actual people mentioned in this story. Dita is a true hero, I am so pleased to have read her story. Knowing that something as basic as books was seen as a treasure during this devastating time makes me feel so blessed that we have them readily available to us. Amazing read, great performance. Highly recommend.