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The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
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The Zookeeper's Wife (edition 2008)

by Diane Ackerman

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When Germany invaded Poland, 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 the 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 and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her.… (more)
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Title:The Zookeeper's Wife
Authors:Diane Ackerman
Info:W. W. Norton & Company, Kindle Edition, 384 pages
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The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

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I was not interested in all of the information regarding the animals and would have preferred more details about the rescuers and those rescued. I was disappointed that the disgraceful treatment of Poland's returning Jews after the war was not mentioned. ( )
  suesbooks | Aug 11, 2020 |
I struggled getting thru this book and was very disappointed. I know it's about true events but to me it felt like the author didn't have enough for a full book on the zookeepers so she added in random facts that weren't necessary. She was also very long winded in these random parts. I skipped some parts when she started rambling and was able to pick up where the actual sorry was again without any problems. I'm hoping I'll like the movie better. ( )
  KeriLynneD | Jul 3, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this book. It was a detailed look into what life was life in occupied Warsaw during the war. There were many heroic people mentioned throughout the book who risked everything to help others and fight evil. This book made me want to visit Poland and especially the Warsaw Zoo. ( )
  Thelmajean | May 26, 2020 |
Borrowed & returned
Free kindle ( )
  LindaFSHemp | May 16, 2020 |
It was a little too "clinical"... But very interesting with tons of info I'd never heard or considered. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Bachman, Barbara M.Designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bais, AmyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fortún Menor, GloriaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Naegele, ChristineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ratchford, PattiCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ravnild, Louise ArdenfeltTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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At dawn in an outlying district of Warsaw, sunlight swarmed around the trunks of blooming linden trees and crept up the white walls of a 1930s stucco and glass villa where the zoo director and his wife slept in a bed crafted from white birch, a pale wood used in canoes, tongue depressors, and Windsor chairs.
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When Germany invaded Poland, 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 the 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 and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her.

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Relates the story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, Christian zookeepers at the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save the lives of approximately three hundred Polish Jews during World War II by housing and feeding them on zoo grounds and teaching them how to "pass" as Aryan.
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