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The Librarian of Auschwitz

Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

This program features a prologue read by Dita Kraus.

Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, The Librarian of Auschwitz is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust. Written with touching sensitivity by Antonio Iturbe, and translated by Lilit Thwaites, this audiobook provokes every emotional response and will not be forgotten.

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 volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz. Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

This title has Common Core connections.

©2012, 2017 Text copyright Antonio Iturbe; translation copyright Lilit Žekulin Thwaites (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
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Amazing!!

One of the best books I have ever read. A must read for any booklover. Engaging and well written the compelling story keeps the reader on the edge throughout the whole read. The address from "Dita Adler" in the opening was especially compelling. I loved it! Wish I could translate it into Icelandic, my native language.

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The Librarian

Such a touching and an emotional book.
She will be in my thoughts and prayers forever never to be forgotten.

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The book that Tattooist of Auschwitz wishes it was

This is a fantastic piece of historical literature that neither pulls punches in regards what happened at Auschwitz-Birkenau nor spares the emotions of a teen girl and her observations of what happened to her and around her.

From the Prologue by Dita Kraus, our Librarian and now obviously an elderly lady, to the handling of the after math of the death camps this book flows with information and has a tidal wave of emotion to deal with.

If you have read/listened to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, you may feel, like I did, heartily disappointed in the gaps and quality of writing in the story or if indeed you may be holding the novel up high as a must read - either way, read / listen to The Librarian of Auschwitz and you will not be disappointed.

I wasn't sure about the narration at the start, very slow and methodical, within 15 minutes this is forgotten as Marisa pulls you into Dita's world and you don't want to leave her side until it is all over.

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very good

kept listening to it again and again and also found it very interesting would recommend it

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Probably a better read than in this audio format

A fascinated exploration / story within the Holocaust literature genre however, the audio performance spoils the overall impact. Pseudo foreign accents of the different characters are irritating and alienate the absorption of the listener. Spoilt it for me.

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Fantastic

A beautiful profoundly moving story which had me crying with happiness and sadness. Dita is an amazing women.

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So moving...

A truly heart wrenching story based on fact that everyone should hear about in their lifetime. Amazing listen.

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  • Anne Swan
  • 31-05-18

The Librarian of Auschwitz

The only way to improve on this story would be if it were not based on the unbearable suffering of real people. Carefully told and beautifully read, the characters reveal strength and weaknesses in the worst circumstances. You hold your breath as Mengele passes by, you worry about discovery and betrayal and you hope against hope that all will survive, when you know they can't. Well researched, you are taken back in time to witness the horror for yourself and find the humanity and strength of character that seems impossible.

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  • Elle Skinner
  • 30-01-18

Great Narration and Story

Where does The Librarian of Auschwitz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dita

Have you listened to any of Marisa Calin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When it was time to die, one young girl decided it was time to learn instead

Any additional comments?

This is a great read for young and old

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  • JeanAnn Trombley
  • 11-03-19

Beautiful life lessons

Auschwitz through the eyes of a young girl, wise beyond her years, makes this a thoughtful and inspiring book. The story, the narration and the heartbreak of this book, make this an important historical fiction read. I was so sad for it to end. These characters will stay with me. Great read!

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  • Portia
  • 08-03-19

the most moving book about WWII

I loved how the book tied up all the loose ends and left no unanswered questions.

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  • Vik
  • 12-02-19

A really good story of never giving up!

I really enjoyed this story! The main character has determination and shows that you should never give up. She has led a group despite the opinion of others. It's amazing to see how all of these stories that relate to Auschwitz come together and share the same story line - which tells the reader that all of the information is the truth. Definitely a story I would recommend!

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  • Duke Silver
  • 07-02-19

Heart wrenching and beautiful

This story is heart wrenching and promises to send you on a research binge to find out more about the actual people mentioned in this story. Dita is a true hero, I am so pleased to have read her story. Knowing that something as basic as books was seen as a treasure during this devastating time makes me feel so blessed that we have them readily available to us. Amazing read, great performance. Highly recommend.

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  • Christine K LeBlanc
  • 30-11-18

Moving story

The story behind the book was amazing but the book did not read as a novel. There were times the author seemed to jump out of the story to relate historical facts. I would have enjoyed the book more if it was always told from the main characters point of view.

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  • Francheska Escalera
  • 12-07-18

Wow

This is an amazing book that tells an incredible story but the author is all over the place with the story. I Think this book is too long and even though the book seems to focus on the main character Dita the author talks about soooo many characters that its hard to keep track. I had to switch to the audiobook after the first couple of chapter because I was struggling to keep up with all the stories.

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  • Michael
  • 01-06-18

Fiction or non-fiction?

This book suffered from the confusion of stories that aren't sure if they're supposed to be fiction or non-fiction. It wasn't historical enough or plausible enough to be non-fiction (it recounted many thoughts and feelings impossible for the author to know), but wasn't a good enough story to be historical fiction. At times the writing was poetic though.

The narrator was a poor choice. Her Germanic accents were distracting, and she didn't keep the characters' voices distinct enough.

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  • Freddi
  • 03-05-20

What a book

it is a memorable story. I enjoyed how the different lives intertwined. Definitely worth reading.
Did not care for the narration as I found the accents ridiculous and often disturbing.