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The Librarian of Auschwitz

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  10,489 ratings  ·  1,839 reviews
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.

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 terr
Paperback, 423 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Pan Macmillan Australia (first published August 18th 2012)
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Chris Horsefield
After reading some classic Holocaust novels such as Night (The Night Trilogy, #1) by Elie Wiesel Night| by Elie Wiesel and the classic The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank or even great young adults novels such as The Edelweiss Express (Edelweiss Pirates #2) by Mark A. Cooper The Edelweiss Express, or the amazing The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief.
I felt Antonio Iturbe and The Librarian of Auschwitz was out of its league.
It lacked passion, emotion and the book was slow in many places and many of the characters less than interesting. The flashbacks, the asides, the sudden shift in POV, it just did not work
Macy_Novels at Night
I sit back and I close my eyes. I imagine my five daughters, and the life that they live today. They have friends, clothes, make-up, and they adore school just the same as every teenaged Jew girl had done. I get to the part in my mind that imagines our family being ripped apart, and the chaos and confusion that all those people and children surely felt during the war. It is unbearable, and I open my eyes. I cannot bear to even imagine what they all must have went through, none the less having to ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-espanha, 5e
"Na Internet há toneladas de informação sobre Auschwitz, mas a informação só nos fala do lugar. Se queremos um lugar que nos fale a nós, temos de ir lá e ficar o tempo suficiente para ouvir o que ele tem para nos dizer."

Eu fui. Há cerca de três meses, estive em Auschwitz-Birkenau. Durante um par de horas percorri salas e ruas mergulhada numa tristeza e angústia indescritíveis. Sei que, no que me resta de tempo por aqui, esquecerei pessoas e lugares que passaram e passarão por mim, mas as horas q
I won't say a word against the content, because it is worthy. I've read a few books about the Holocaust, both fiction and non fiction. I only vaguely knew about books, but never about the librarian running such a clandestine operation in a death camp like Auschwitz. I'm really glad I read about Dita Kraus (Dita Adler in the book). No matter how many times I read about Nazi atrocities it still doesn't fail to shock me.

But, overall, the book didn't work for me because of the way it was written (o
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
The afterword was amazing! Have you read it? I need to compose my thoughts now for that review to follow.
Stephanie Anze
"They are holding something that is absolutely forbidden in Auschwitz. These items, so dangerous that their mere possession is a death sentence, cannot be fired, nor do they have a sharp point, a blade, or a heavy end. These items, which the relentless guards of the Reich fear so much, are nothing more than books: old, unbound, with missing pages, and in tatters."

Dita Adlerova is barely starting her teen years when WWII breaks out. Originally from Prague, Dita's family along with other Jewish fa
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holocausto, espanha, bib-l
“Haverá quem não partilhe este fascínio pelo facto de alguns terem arriscado a vida para manterem aberta uma escola secreta e uma biblioteca clandestina em Auschwitz-Birkenau. Haverá sempre quem pense que foi um acto de coragem inútil num campo de extermínio, quando há outras preocupações mais prementes: os livros não curam doenças, nem podem ser usados como armas para derrotar um exército de verdugos, não enchem o estômago nem matam a sede. É verdade: a cultura não é necessária para a sobrevivê ...more
R * A Reader Obsessed *
5 Stars

My thoughts are definitely inadequate as to how to convey the horrific atrocities that occurred during this time in history that many would like to forget or ignore.

This story needs to be known because it’s one of survival amongst such evil, as well as an amazing feat of triumph despite the astronomical losses.

The struggle to hold onto one’s humanity in such despair, to grab onto some semblance of normalcy, and the action of defiance that bred hope to live another day was all portrayed h
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-btr
I was satisfied with this book, as a librarian myself I enjoyed reading about an unknown side story in the Holocaust that focuses in books, while the story happened in a tragic background ( a German concentration camp) , it focuses in how the main character “Dita” was able to hide books from the Germans while in the camp and help kids learn from them as long she could . Since this story has a background in truth we learn a lot about the daily life in a concentration camp and how horrible it was ...more
Erin Clemence
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Death has become an industry that is profitable only if it is done wholesale.”

“The Librarian of Auschwitz” by Antonio Iturbe is classified as young adult, historical fiction (based in reality, obviously). However, this novel is so much more than that.

Fourteen year old Dita is imprisoned with her family in an Auschwitz concentration camp. When she is asked by a Jewish leader to take on the role of handling the books for the makeshift school, Dita immediately agrees. Books are hard to come by,
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ha sido una historia difícil, en algunos momentos me ha costado avanzar básicamente porque lo que narraba me ponía los pelos de punta y me remataba saber que todo era verdad, que todo eso ocurrió no hace mucho. Es una historia dura como casi todas las que narran la barbarie de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, pero es una historia también de gente fuerte, gente capaz de sobrevivir al horror y no dejar que consuma su vida, gente que es capaz de encontrar en los libros la luz para esos momentos oscuros y ...more
Veronica ⭐️
3.5 stars
The Librarian of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus. It is a story born of Dita’s experiences and the rich imagination of the author.

The story is set in the family camp at Auschwitz. The family camp was a cover the Germans concocted to deceive the world as to what was really happening in Auschwitz. While parents laboured during the day the children were gathered in Block 31. The aim was for them to play games, s
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Librarian of Auschwitz is a sobering account of one girl's survival at Auschwitz. I've read a number of books detailing the Nazi's most infamous death camp Auschwitz so was expecting the devastating descriptions of the appalling living conditions and inhumane treatment of the prisoners. What I wasn't expecting was the glimpse of hope and humanity the prisoners of building 31 managed to preserve.

Who knew that a family unit existed at Birkeneau? For what purpose would such a unit exist??? In a
Antonio Iturbe did a ton of research, cobbling together the actual experiences of 14-year old Dita Kraus, who survived both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and other real stories, such as the most well documented escape from Auschwitz. Dita and her parents were first relegated to the Terezin ghetto, before being sent to the concentration camp. Dita is brave and steadfast, and becomes the librarian of a barrack used as a school in case of an inspection. She hides a small handful of diverse books. Rea ...more
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but I must admit that I was hoping for more. The story itself is fascinating and that’s what kept me reading. The writing was pedestrian, which was a disappointment. Still, I would recommend the book to those looking for an inspirational story concerning Auschwitz.

The narrative closely follows Dita Kraus, a 14 year old girl in the Auschwitz family camp and her experiences as the keeper and protector of eight forbidden books. I was interested that one of them was
Maria Roxana
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
” E adevărat: cultura nu este necesară pentru supraviețuirea omului, necesare sunt doar pâinea și apa. Este adevărat că omul supraviețuiește dacă are pâine să mănânce și apă să bea, dar mulțumindu-se doar cu atât moare întreaga omenire. Dacă omul nu se emoționează în fața frumuseții, dacă nu închide ochii și nu-și pune în funcțiune mecanismele imaginației, dacă nu este în stare să-și pună întrebări și să întrezărească limitele ignoranței sale, fie că este bărbat sau femeie, atunci înseamnă că nu ...more
The Dyselxic Bookworm

I love WWII history and learning more about the Holocaust, but I have to say that this book was extremely boring. To me it read more like a history textbook than an amazing story. One thing I do have to say is that the translation from Spanish to English was very good. I might revisit this book again when I am in the mood for a historical fiction, but decently not any time soon.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4stars, read-2017
Os livros nunca perdem a memória
Este livro provocou-me sentimentos mistos. Se por um lado, do ponto de vista da qualidade literária, estamos perante uma obra que, na minha opinião, não vai além da mediania, por outro lado não consegui ficar indiferente ou deixar de me emocionar com a história (baseada em factos e pessoas reais) e a mensagem inspiradoras.

A história de uma menina de 14 anos que arrisca a vida para cuidar de um "tesouro" proibido - um conjunto de oito livros velhos e desconjunta
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfectamente documentado y narrado. Una historia cruda y desgarradora que atrapa de principio a fin.

La real historia de Dita Dorachova una niña de 14 años que durante su encierro en el campo de concentración de Aushwitz, arriesgo su vida para convertirse en la guardiana de 8 libros que eran utilizados en el pabellón 31 para enseñar, entretener o distraer a los niños durante el infierno nazi.

Es difícil entender arriesgar la vida por unos cuantos libros, pero me quedo con la conclusión del escrit
Dora Santos Marques
Ao meu ver, este livro divide-se am duas partes: a primeira (pensamos nós) que é mais uma "fantasia" nos campos de Auswichtz/Birkenau e a parte mais final do livro retrata uma realidade mais crua do que foram os fins e o degredo dos campos.
Como estive em Auswichtz há 2 semanas, ainda o livro me tocou mais porque consegui visualizar tudo o que era descrito.
No final temos uma excelente surpresa sobre a nossa protagonista.
Parq euem, como eu, devora tudo o que seja sobre este tema, é um bom filme. Q
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Cartile de genul acesta sunt impresionante prin povestea adevarata care sta in spatele paginilor de fictiune si intradevar, rewlitatea Holocaustului este cutremuratoare. In ciuda acestui fapt insa, nu pot sa nu remarc ca au aparut prea multe "povesti adevarate" scrise dupa acelasi tipar, cu pagini pline de aceleasi clisee. Da, si lucrurile ingrozitoare pot deveni clisee atunci cand sunt folosite fara masura si judecata. Daca din punct de vedere uman si istoric nu putem uita sau ierta asemenea in ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dita, de 14 años, está encarcelada con su familia en un campo de concentración de Auschwitz. Cuando un líder judío le pide que asuma el papel de manejar los libros para la escuela improvisada, Dita acepta inmediatamente. Los libros son difíciles de conseguir, ya que muchos de ellos se han quemado y se han considerado 'blasfemos' y 'contra el Führer', por lo que Dita sabe que el trabajo es peligroso. Pero su amor por los libros y la alegría que sabe que pueden propagar a otros supera sus temores. ...more
André Nuno
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Na realidade, o autor de A Metamorfose soubera antes de mais ninguém o que ia acontecer: que os homens se transformariam da noite para o dia em seres monstruosos.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holocausto, 2019, hol74
Segundo livro lido para o hol74 e segundo livro 5 estrelas...
"Na realidade, o autor de A Metamorfose soubera antes de mais ninguém o que ia acontecer: que os homens se transformariam da noite para o dia em seres monstruosos."
Apesar de este livro ser ficção tem muita matéria real. Estas personagens existiram mesmo. Maravilhoso como os livros mudam muitas coisas na vida das pessoas. "Os livros não mudam o mundo, livros mudam pessoas e pessoas mudam o mundo."
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any book about the Holocaust is difficult to read, but one that takes place solely inside Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, is even harder still. I had to put this book down many times, as I could only take so much of the daily butality, sadistic cruelty, and disregard for human life. To go through that horror, to see family, friends, and neighbors put to death, or die from beatings, disease or starvation, and to live with it day after day, praying that you'll live to see another day, and t ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The heart-wrenching book based on the inspirational Dita Kraus deserves five stars for the story alone. Usually I reserve five star ratings for books where not only does the story speak to me but the prose really sings. This was not the case for this book. Although the writing is mundane in places; the telling of the horrors that Dita and her family and friends endured, emotionally impacted me so much that it was hard to be too critical on the writing style(which may have just been the translati ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe was a heartbreaking tale of the terrible treatment of the people at Auschwitz and a girl trying to keep the few books she has safe at any cost.
I found parts of the book confusing because it jumped about to different time periods but the story will stay with me for a long time.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indringend en indrukwekkend...De rauwe werkelijkheid tijdens WOII verteld door Dita, de bibliothecaresse van Auschwitz.
'Het is een feit dat cultuur niet van levensbelang is, alleen water en brood zijn dat'. Onderwijs en cultuur... verlichten de geest, zet aan tot nadenken en creativiteit.
In Auschwitz heeft het bestaan van de school voor kinderen en leerkrachten betekenis gegeven aan hun 'alledaagse' bestaan. Het bracht licht in de duisternis, kinderen konden 'even' gewoon kind zijn...
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

How amazing to find out that there was a secret little library in Auschwitz, that even in the heart of the depressing evil there was still something that served as a preservation of their humanity. And how amazing that the author was actually able to meet with and interview the young, inspirational librarian herself.

The format of the book itself was interesting, somewhat confusing. It read like a nonfiction piece in some parts and like a novel in others. I can’t imagine the amount of research i

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