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The Librarian of Auschwitz

Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe, read by Marisa Calin.

For listeners of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Choice: this is the story of the smallest library in the world - and the most dangerous.

'It wasn’t an extensive library. In fact, it consisted of eight books and some of them were in poor condition. But they were books. In this incredibly dark place, they were a reminder of less sombre times, when words rang out more loudly than machine guns....’

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 terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious books the prisoners have managed to smuggle past the guards, she agrees. 

And so Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles as well as the ‘living books’ - prisoners of Auschwitz who know certain books so well, they too can be ‘borrowed’ to educate the children in the camp.

But books are extremely dangerous. They make people think. And nowhere are they more dangerous than in Block 31 of Auschwitz, the children’s block, where the slightest transgression can result in execution, no matter how young the transgressor....

©2019 Lilit Zekulin Thwaites (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Deeply moving.

This is not an enjoyable read but it will stay with you long after others have disappeared into the ether. Very glad to have found it.

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moving story

such an insight into a horrible childhood and nightmare reality. Just wish things could been different.

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Extremely moving

Brilliantly read. An extremely moving account of the atrocities that took place in Auschwitz. I couldn't put this book down. Xx

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