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The Zookeeper's Wife - A War Story.

Ackerman, Diane.

Verlag: W.W. Norton & Co.,, New York / London,, 2007
ISBN 10: 0393061728 / ISBN 13: 9780393061727
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Titel: The Zookeeper's Wife - A War Story.

Verlag: W.W. Norton & Co.,, New York / London,

Erscheinungsdatum: 2007

Einband: Hardcover


New York / London, W.W. Norton & Co., 2007. 14.5cm x 21.5cm. 368 pages. Includes photographs. Original Hardcover with dustjacket. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. The story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, Polish Christian zookeepers, who managed to save over 300 people from the Nazis by hiding them in the cages of their zoo animals. Diane Ackerman draws on Antonina's unpublished diary and on other historical sources to recreate the story of the Zabinskis. The book takes an interesting perspective as Ackerman, a best-selling naturalist, explores the role of nature in both kindness and savagery. Sprache: English Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Original Hardcover with dustjacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 90079AB

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A true story?as powerful as Schindler's List?in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw?and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants?otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes.With her exuberant prose and exquisite sensitivity to the natural world, Diane Ackerman engages us viscerally in the lives of the zoo animals, their keepers, and their hidden visitors. She shows us how Antonina refused to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her. 8 pages of illustrations

Rezension: Amazon Significant Seven, September 2007: On the heels of Alan Weisman's The World Without Us I picked up Diane Ackerman's The Zookeeper’s Wife. Both books take you to Poland's forest primeval, the Bialowieza, and paint a richly textured portrait of a natural world that few of us would recognize. The similarities end there, however, as Ackerman explores how that sense of natural order imploded under the Nazi occupation of Poland. Jan and Antonina Zabiniski--keepers of the Warsaw Zoo who sheltered Jews from the Warsaw ghetto--serve as Ackerman's lens to this moment in time, and she weaves their experiences and reflections so seamlessly into the story that it would be easy to read the book as Antonina's own miraculous memoir. Jan and Antonina's passion for life in all its diversity illustrates ever more powerfully just how narrow the Nazi worldview was, and what tragedy it wreaked. The Zookeeper’s Wife is a powerful testament to their courage and--like Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise--brings this period of European history into intimate view. --Anne Bartholomew

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