The Librarian of Auschwitz, by Antonio Iturbe
This story is based on the real life experiences of Czech teen Dita Kraus, who was taken by the Nazis, along with her mother and father and were prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
At age 14, Dita was asked by the Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch to protect the eight precious and forbidden books the prisoners had managed to smuggle past the guards and she agrees. These books would then be used in the secret school created by prisoners for the children of Block 31. Dita is entrusted with one of the most dangerous jobs in the camp – and she bravely becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.
This extraordinary story moves from Dita and her family’s privileged life in Prague, to Auschwitz and then to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. It is the story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust (one of the darkest chapters of human history), and from Dita’s powerful story comes courage and hope.
This is an incredibly moving and unforgettable book that is highly recommended and a must read for anyone from 13 years…right through to adults.
Review by Jenny @ Great Escape Books.