The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story (Paperback)

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this is such a great read for anyone who thinks they have read it all about the hiding and care of refugees who were being sought by the Nazis. It is no fairytale story - it really happened - over 300 people were saved while being hidden in a zoo in Warsaw! Hiding many of the survivors in animal cages, the Zabinskis and those who helped in their compound, actually put themselves in grave danger. The book details the lengths good people will go to help others - all in the name of human decency.

— laurie


After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these "guests," and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became "The House Under a Crazy Star." Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story--sharing Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. Winner of the 2008 Orion Award.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393333060
ISBN-10: 039333306X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 17th, 2008
Pages: 368
Language: English