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The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
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Oct 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: history, jewish-interest, not-for-me

This is an incredibly well-researched and well-written book about the Warsaw zookeepers who used their ruined zoo to rescue Jews from the Ghetto and others who sought to escape Nazi-occupied Poland. The author writes the story like a novel but her sources include interviews with the family and diaries kept by the zookeeper's wife, Antonina. Ackerman intersperses the story with historical segues about everything from zoology to military history, and these tangents reflect directly on the tale she tells. The courage faced by people who knew their actions would result in merciless death for all involved is nearly impossible to describe. But I could only read about 150 pages--the true stories of savagery depressed me enough to affect my sleep and daily routine.

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