The Zookeeper's Wife
"The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants - otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes - and keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her."--Publisher description.
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The Zookeepers WifeUser Review - cadi3 - Overstock.com
Very interesting and informative. I like the way that she writes. Very moving. Helped me to understand Poland during World War II and how good a lot of the people were and very brave. Read full review
Fascinating Read about the HolocaustUser Review - stldixie - Overstock.com
This book gives you a lot of in depth information about what happened during the German occupation of Poland. It is a very intimate look at the zookeepers family and their life at that time. It is not a fast read but I found it excellant and detailed. Read full review