The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story
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and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat." - Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

Author: Diane Ackerman
Pages: 384
Category: In library
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2008
Finished? Yes, on
Signed? Yes
First Edition? Yes
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Description

The New York Times bestseller now a major motion picture starring Jessica Chastain.

A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

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. 8 pages of illustrations